The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has sought the collaboration of the Nigerian Army to boost its capacity in the fight against human trafficking.
NAPTIP Director General of the agency Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, made the request when she paid a visit to the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim said that the partnership would be in the areas of training of NAPTIP personnel in relevant tactical areas, joint actions and logistics, among others, to enable it to wage more war against traffickers.
She said that the partnership was necessary especially now that the rate of insecurity in the country was on the high side, adding that human trafficking was not left out in the security challenges.
According to her, human trafficking has become a huge security problem to the global community including Nigeria and if we do not properly harness our efforts in fighting it, we will not be able to deal with the problem adequately.
She said that Nigeria, which had always been a champion in Africa in the fight against human trafficking, must do everything possible to win the war.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim stressed the need for the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies to see human trafficking as a big national security problem just like illicit drugs and proliferation of arms.
The Army chief in his remarks assured NAPTIP of Nigerian Army’s continuous support and cooperation to achieve the objective.