Human Trafficking: NAF, NAPTIP Collaborate To Tackle Menace

Chief of Naval Staff, received a gift from DG, NAPTIP, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim.

Chief of Naval Staff, received a gift from DG, NAPTIP, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim

All is set for what is expected to be a fruitful collaboration between The Nigerian Air Force NAF and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP, in hopes of combating human trafficking and all forms of human degradation in the Country.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

TheFact Nigeria reports that the Director General DG, NAPTIP, Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, while on a visit to Headquarters NAF (HQ NAF), Abuja, also sought support from the Force in the areas of intelligence gathering and technical training of its personnel, amongst others.

The NAPTIP DG said, human trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise in the world that poses human and strategic risks to national securities of nations, and adding that as a form of modern day slavery, it is lucrative, as the industry is a $150 billion industry, hence the need for all stakeholders to synergize to tackle the menace.

Mrs Sulaiman-Ibrahim used the visit to appeal to the NAF for support in the areas of personnel training and revenue mobilization, disclosing that plans were underway by the Agency to establish a training academy, hence the request for the Force’s assistance towards the provision of infrastructure.

Furthermore, she requested support in the area of airlift to enable the Agency overcome some of its logistics challenges.

In his remarks, the CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, appreciated the DG for her efforts in addressing the challenges posed by human trafficking in Nigeria and assured her of the NAF’s willingness to partner with NAPTIP towards fighting the menace.

On the request for NAF assistance towards training of NAPTIP personnel and the establishment of a training academy, Air Marshal Amao stated that the Agency could leverage on NAF School of Air Intelligence at Makurdi towards training some of its personnel in acquiring basic intelligence knowledge to bring them up to speed in intelligence gathering to combat human trafficking.

Speaking further, Air Marshal Amao assured the Agency of airlift whenever required, and then directed the Chief of Training and Operations to constitute a team comprising NAF and NAPTIP personnel to work out modalities of harmonizing all requests and bringing the collaboration to fruition.

“It is good that we all work together to keep our citizens and nation safe”, the CAS said.

Present during the visit were the NAF Chiefs of Policy & Plans, Training and Operations, and Administration, along with some senior management staff of NAPTIP.

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