OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT
Investigation and Monitoring Department in NAPTIP Headquarters, Abuja is the investigative arm of the Agency saddled with general investigation of all cases of human trafficking, for sexual or labour exploitation.
The Department is headed by a Director who oversees and co-ordinates all investigation activities as well as its operations and personnel. It is blessed with a couple of experienced and well trained seconded officers from Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), in addition to the core NAPTIP staff. The Agency has 8 Zonal commands each with a functional investigation unit, manned by an investigation officer (Head of Operation) under the close supervision of the Zonal Commander, who in turn reports to the Executive Secretary of the Agency. For clarity, the commands are as follows; Lagos, Benin, Enugu, Uyo, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Sokoto and Kano.
For effectiveness and efficiency, the Department has other units and sub-units which are headed by competent officers, namely; Surveillance, Incident/shift duty Interrogation, Exhibit, Financial/Asset investigation, Forensic, Detention and Release, National Monitoring Centre (data processing and call centre) and Security.
ORGANOGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The organogram reflects not only the divisions and sub-units, but also present the structure and operations of the Department. Click Here
Section, 9(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 as amended 2005 specifies the mandate of the Department as:
“Liaison with the Police, NIS, NCS, NSCDC etc. and other relevant security agencies for the prevention and detection of offences in violation of the provisions of TIPPLEA”. In specific terms therefore, the Department undertakes the following functions;
- Response to human trafficking complaints
- Rescue of victims of human trafficking and forced labour
- General investigation of TIP and forced labour cases in line with global best practices
- Prevention, detection and disruption of TIP networks and activities
- Effect arrest and detention of suspects of human trafficking
- Search and seizure of any premises or carrier in relations to violation of the provisions of the Act
- Surveillance and monitoring of activities of traffickers
- Prepare and submit findings of investigation for prosecution of offenders
- Maintain a functional database on statistics of human trafficking of the Agency
- Ensure effective liason and collaboration with other Law Enforcement Agencies and relevant bodies
- Co-ordinate joint operations on evacuation, repatriation and extradiction of traffickers and victims of TIP
- Any other duties as may be assigned by the chief Executive.
The Department employs various methods in carrying out its investigation activities which include:
- Proactive investigation
- Reactive investigation
- Disruptive operations
- Joint operations and intelligence sharing/co-operation
TRAININGS FOR CAPACITY BUILDING OF OPERATIVES
The staffs of the Department have undergone various training programmes for capacity building. These include:
- Basic Investigative Skills/Techniques
- Trans-Sahara symposium on security
- Promoting exchange of information.
- Synergy between investigators and prosecutors
- Promoting better management of migration in Nigeria.
- Financial Investigation.
- Witness Handling and Protection
- Training of the trainers (TOT) course.
- Joint Intelligence training with other relevant LEAs
- Digital evidence and evidence driven investigation
- Basic and advance training on profiling of passengers.
- CHIS (informant) handling for Law Enforcement Officers.
- Criminal intelligence analysis course. etc
Below is the Department Organogram