NSCDC, NAPTIP To Intensify Collaboration

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In a bid to further strengthen Nigeria’s fight against human trafficking and other related offences, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have resolved to reinvigorate their collaboration in combating human trafficking in the State. This was contained in a press statement by the Spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), ASC I Okadigbo Edwin to Hybrid Online News Nigeria.

The resolution was reached today, Thursday, 22nd of April 2021 when the State Commandant of NSCDC in Anambra State; Commandant David Bille, FCIA received in audience Mrs. Ibadin Judith Chukwu, the State Commander of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on a courtesy visit at the State Command Headquarters Awka.

The State Commander of NAPTIP informed the State Commandant that her visit was necessitated by the need to seek possible areas of collaboration and assistance in realizing the mandate of NAPTIP in the fight against human trafficking and other related crimes in the State and it’s environs.

Mrs Ibadin Judith Chukwu pointed out that to win the war against human trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation and other related offences in the country, the need for all the relevant stakeholders to work as a team cannot be over emphasized.

According to her, NAPTIP was determined for more collaboration and synergy with NSCDC in line with their four P’s strategy namely; Prevention, Protection, Partnership and Prosecution while assuring NAPTIP prompt response to any invitation from the Corps as soon as cases related to the NAPTIP mandate arises.

Mrs Judith lauded the previous working relationship between the two agencies in facilitating the interception of suspects and rescue of possible victims of trafficking.

Responding, the State Commandant of NSCDC Anambra State Command; Commandant David Bille, FCIA, described her visit as very apt, and will go a long way in strengthening the readiness of the Corps in partnering with NAPTIP to combat human trafficking and other related offences in Anambra State. He went further to call for more frequent engagements between the two agencies.

Bille, appreciated the State Commander and her team for taking a bold step in familiarizing with the Corps towards building a stronger operational Synergy.

He explained the relentless efforts of the Command Anti- Human trafficking and Irregular Migration Unit and the role they have played in facilitating the interception of suspects and rescue of possible victims of trafficking.