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MISSION STATEMENT

"NAPTIP" is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the Nation's crime prevention and law enforcement resources; to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the Vulnerable, especially women and children, from dehumanising and exploitative employment and usage; and to ensure thier rehabilitation and effective reintegration into society.

VISION STATEMENT

Hands on commitment to suppress and eliminate the scourge of trafficking in persons and child labour in Nigeria and improve the quality of life the traffiked persons through aggresive rehabilitation and victim assisted programmed and rehabilitation and promotion of equality of persons.

CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY . COMMITMENT . SERVICE

PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

GENDER EQUALITY

VICTIM PROTECTION

Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of Serah Ezekiel for Human Trafficking

13 March 2017

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has upheld the conviction of a human trafficker, Serah Ekundayo Ezekiel, who had earlier been sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for trafficking in persons. The judgment brings to an end the legal battle which started in 2011 in Ikeja, Lagos. In a unanimous decision on Friday, the five Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who sat on the matter upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. In his lead Judgment, Justice C.C Nwaeze found no merit in the appeal and therefore, dismissed it. Serah Ezekiel was dragged to the Federal High Court, Ikeja, Lagos on November 18, 2011 by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on behalf of the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation on an 18 Counts charge, all bothering on offences of trafficking in persons contrary to various sections of the Trafficking in Persons...

Refugee Commission, Presidential Aide On Diaspora Collaborate With NAPTIP

08 March 2017
Refugee Commission, Presidential Aide On Diaspora Collaborate With NAPTIP

In line with Inter-Agency liaison and cooperation, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora are to cooperate to ensure better protection for victims of human trafficking in Nigeria. This was the crux of the visit to the Lagos Zonal Command of NAPTIP on Tuesday by the Honourable Federal Commissioner of NCFRMI; Mrs. Sadiya Umar Farouq and the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. They pledged to collaborate with the Agency to further the protection and care of victims of human trafficking who are under the care of the agency. The visit was necessitated by the recent rescue and deportation of Nigerian citizens from Libya, Mali, Italy and Russia, some of whom were profiled and identified...

NAPTIP Commences Investigation On Deported Women From Mali

01 March 2017

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has commenced investigation into the trafficking into Mali of the 37 female Nigerians who were on Monday deported to Nigeria by the Malian Authorities. Four female suspects were also deported with the victims. While the victims are being counseled by NAPTIP Counselors, the suspects are in NAPTIP custody and making useful statements. The Malian Police had on Thursday 16th February, 2017, rescued the Nigerian girls, aged 15 to 32 years, being used as sex slaves in Koflatie – an area in Northern Mali reportedly notorious for prostitution. Five female suspects- four Nigerians and a Ghanaian; were also arrested in the course of the raid. Investigations into the matter commenced before the deportation as investigators from the Agency who are also members of the Joint Border Task Force (JBTF) had as soon as the Malian Authorities reached the Agency through...

Supreme Court Affirms 14 years Jail Term Against Martina Opara

28 February 2017

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has upheld the conviction of a human trafficker, Martina Opara, and subsequently sentenced her to 14 years imprisonment for trafficking in persons. The decision of the apex court brings to an end the prolonged legal battle which started in 2008. The convict, Opara, who was arrested in 2008 was charged to Court on a 9 counts charge including: procurement and movement from place to place of 3 girls; using and offering girls for prostitution in Nigeria; deceitful inducement of girls to go from Calabar to Sagamu and confined and detaining girls for prostitution. All the offences are contrary to sections 15(a) and section 19(a,b, and c) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 (as amended in 2005). On 19th April, 2012, a Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta and presided over by Hon. Justice R.N Ofili Ajumogobia found her guilty...

Violence Against Persons: FCT High Court Jails 48 Yrs Old Man For Sexual Abuse

28 February 2017

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Wuse, Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice M. M kolo, has sentenced a 48 – year-old man, Shehu Abubakar, to 12years imprisonment for sexually abusing two boys. The convict was dragged to Court by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), under the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015. Shehu Abubakar had pleaded guilty to the two counts charge slammed on him by the legal team of the Agency after being confronted by overwhelming evidence and was subsequently convicted by the Court on both counts. The sentence is to run concurrently. Investigation revealed that the defendant who is a resident of Gwagwalada, Gwagwalada Local Government Council, was arrested by the operatives of NAPTIP following a tip-off by some concerned residents who suspected the unholy relationship between him and the two boys. It was learnt that the...

GERMAN GOVERMENT DONATES TRAINING MATERIALS TO NAPTIP

22 February 2017
GERMAN GOVERMENT  DONATES TRAINING MATERIALS TO NAPTIP

The government of Germany has donated training materials to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). The Eight Million Naira (N8,000,000.00) worth of materials is part of the German Government’s support to the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria. Some of the materials are: 100 classroom chairs, tables, computers, projectors and screen, complete public address system, photocopying machine, printers, generator and other vital training equipment. Speaking at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Deputy Ambassador of Germany to Nigeria, Mrs. Regine Hess described human trafficking as a complicated crime that required efforts of well trained law enforcement officers to combat. She explained that such an understanding informed the donation to beef up the Training Resource Centre (TRC) of NAPTIP. Mrs Hess disclosed that the incidence of human trafficking in Nigeria attracted the attention of the German government when it was obvious that greater number of...

NAPTIP COMMENCES INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED TRAFFICKING OF 67 CHILDREN

26 January 2017
NAPTIP COMMENCES INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED TRAFFICKING OF 67 CHILDREN

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), have commenced investigation into the alleged trafficking of about 67 children from the Northern part of the country by some persons in questionable circumstances. The children, whose ages range between 10 and 14, were intercepted in three different operations by men of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian police at different locations around Nasarawa state. In the first interception carried out by the Nigerian Army during a routine check on Friday 20th January, 2017, a total of 22 children were rescued from a suspected child trafficker along the Nasarawa-Abuja road. They were loaded inside a 7-seater Toyota Serena space bus and were said to be heading to Nasarawa from Minna, Niger state. Preliminary information extracted from some of the shabbily dressed children most of who could neither speak nor understand English, revealed that they were allegedly recruited...

‘2700 NIGERIANS ENTER AUSTRIA IN 2016’ - Austrian Envoy

18 November 2016
‘2700 NIGERIANS ENTER AUSTRIA IN 2016’ - Austrian Envoy

No fewer than 2700 Nigerians including victims of human trafficking entered into Austria between January and August 2016. Many of them also entered illegally. The Austrian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Werner Senfter disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday while on a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). ‘’Not all of them are legal, of their free will; many with false and wrong hopes and undergoing dangerous journeys’’, he lamented. He therefore called for stronger ties between Austria and Nigeria especially with NAPTIP to stem the tide of human trafficking and other forms of irregular migration from Nigeria to Austria. He reiterated his government’s readiness to support NAPTIP in the fight against external trafficking, adding that the Embassy was already supporting a Safe House Project in Abuja though a small one at the moment. He called on the Agency to...

Senator Shehu Sani Signs On To Fight Human Trafficking … Commends NAPTIP

27 October 2016
Senator Shehu Sani Signs On To Fight Human Trafficking  … Commends NAPTIP

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has been described as a foremost crime fighting Agency that required adequate funding as well as the support of all stakeholders in order to stem the tide of illegal migration and human trafficking in sub-Sahara Africa. Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, stated this in Abuja during a courtesy visit on the Acting Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri. Senator Sani who is also the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs visited NAPTIP to introduce his pet project and seek areas of collaboration in tackling issues of trafficking in persons and other areas of illegal migrations. The pet project, Pan African Initiative Against Illegal and Dangerous Migration, is on the need to arrest the current trend of illegal migration in the country. According to him, the purpose of the visit was...

59 YR OLD WOMAN BAGS 30 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND N1 MILLION FINE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING … 2 OTHERS CONVICTED FOR OBSTRUCTING NAPTIP OFFICERS

28 September 2016
59 YR OLD WOMAN BAGS 30 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND N1 MILLION FINE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING  … 2 OTHERS CONVICTED FOR OBSTRUCTING NAPTIP OFFICERS

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State has sentenced one Ebunoluwa Bankole, 59 years old woman to 30 years imprisonment. She is also to pay a fine of N1, 000,000.00 (one million naira) only for the procurement and exportation of young Nigerian Women to Libya for Prostitution. Bankole, who was convicted on a six count charge for offences that contravene sections 13 (4b), 14(b) and 18 of the Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, bagged five years for each count. The sentence would however, run concurrently. She was arrested and investigated by officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) following a petition dated 26th January, 2016 from a group of Solicitors and Advocates of Human Right, on suspected human trafficking activities being carried out by her, her daughter Lateefat Sanni and son-in-law Muritala Sanni, who are both still at...