By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has seek the collaboration of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to combat human trafficking.
Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim,
NAPTIP Director General (DG), made the appeal during a visit to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, seek NAF’s support in the areas of intelligence gathering and technical training of its personnel.
In the words of NAPTIP Boss, “human trafficking is the second most lucrative criminal enterprise in the world that poses human and strategic risks to national securities of nations”
Hajiya Ibrahim also noted that, “human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery is lucrative as it is a $150 billion industry, hence the need for all stakeholders to synergize to tackle the menace”.
The DG further revealed that plans were underway by the Agency to establish a training academy and requested NAF assistance towards the provision of infrastructure.
In his remarks the CAS, Air commended NAPTIP over the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria, assuring of NAF’s willingness to partner with the Agency.
He said the Agency could leverage on NAF School of Air Intelligence at Makurdi to train its personnel in acquiring basic knowledge to bring them up to speed in intelligence gathering to combat human trafficking.
According to CAS, “it is good that we all work together to keep our citizens and nation safe.”