German police train NAPTIP, EFCC officers on crime fighting
The German Police have trained some operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the fight against human trafficking.
The training, with the theme: Trafficking in Human Beings for Sexual Exploitation, was sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany in furtherance of the partnership between NAPTIP and the German Police (BKA) held in Abuja.
The German Embassy in Nigeria also donated equipment worth several millions of Naira to the NAPTIP Training Resource Center (TRC).
Speaking at the end of the training, Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli restated the readiness of the Agency to take the fight against human trafficking to greater heights.
She appreciated the gesture the government of Germany extended to NAPTIP by donating equipment to its resource centre and for sending in experts from Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt to train the officers, exchange ideas and experiences in the fight against trafficking in persons.
“The German government has indeed shown that when partnerships are harnessed and consummated appropriately, the opportunities are quite limitless.
“The Agency is appreciative of the support enjoyed and is further committed to working even closely with you to mitigate the crime of Trafficking in Persons and related matters. Combating Human Trafficking is an issue of common interest to all of us; let us put all our hands on deck and brainstorm to end this modern day slavery,” he said.
Okah-Donli stressed the need for such collaborations between NAPTIP and other European countries as they were on top of the list of destination countries for the trafficking of Nigerian youths.
Responding, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Shlagheck, said the fight against human trafficking was a difficult one and expressed his government’s delight to associate with NAPTIP in its efforts to combat trafficking in persons in Nigeria.
He added that it was important to improve synergy between governments and organisations in the fight against human trafficking and observed that NAPTIP, as the agency responsible for the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria, had done well and it was a pleasure to partner with it.
The Police Liaison Officer from the BKA, Dominic Muller, lauded the participants, whom he described as ‘ready for combat’, saying the training would be conducted for more officers next year.
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