INTELLIGENCE AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
The National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) is a Federal Government Agency charged with the responsibility of coordinating all the nation’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources to stamp out human trafficking and uplift the vulnerable from exploitative tendencies. Empowered by the Trafficking in person (prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015), the Agency exercises the functions of enforcement and administration of the provisions of the TIPPEA Act 2015 as stipulated by section 5 (a-u) of the re-enacted Act.
The Intelligence and International Cooperation Unit (IICU) was established 2011 as a strategic tool to harness global intelligence and promote international cooperation and achieve mutual Legal Assistance with source, transit and destination countries for information sharing. The Unit holds the responsibility for coordinating intelligence gathering and dissemination. The Unit coordinates collaboration and facilitates cooperation with international organisations such as anti-TIP government bodies, law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organisations fighting TIP to aid the Agency’s international efforts against TIP. The Unit functions directly under the supervision of the Executive Secretary and is broadly divided as the name implies into two (2) sections namely Intelligence and International Cooperation. The IICU works very closely with the Investigation and Monitoring Department.
To facilitate and provide first hand intelligence in order to drive proactive investigation of Human Trafficking cases
Act as a liaison between the Agency and its International partners and Stakeholders.
- Intelligence gathering and dissemination
- Coordination, Facilitation and Maintenance of International Cooperation and Collaboration between the Agency and Foreign stakeholders
- Sharing of Information and assistance in investigation of International Human Trafficking Cases and rescue operations where applicable
- Liaison with Law Enforcement Agencies both within and outside the Country and the Diplomatic Corps, for intelligence sharing on specific cases of human trafficking
- The Unit coordinates with the Legal and Prosecution Department on partnership strategy where draft bilateral and multilateral agreements are signed.
- Coordinate all intelligence gathering and reporting activities on behalf of the Agency.
- Analyse intelligence gathered to uncover TIP patterns, trends, routes, criminal gangs, Trafficking in persons networks and potential trouble zones within the country
- Develop and implement programmes relating to gathering and sharing TIP intelligence within and outside the Agency
- Coordinate liaison between NAPTIP and other local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of intelligence sharing
- Collaborate with international law enforcement bodies and partners to ensure effective working relationships
- Create solutions to TIP problems from results of intelligence analysis and formulate TIP prevention strategies
- Compile and provide periodic (quarterly and annually) intelligence estimates for the Agency and sister law enforcement agencies.
- Scientific Forensic analysis on TIP related crimes.
- Develop and sustain good relations with embassies, internal and international organisations for intelligence gathering on TIP.
Intelligence Section: Functions
- Reliable and timely intelligence is core to crafting and implementing effective TIP mitigation strategies. This section performs covert operations to collect intel from relevant sources, analyse information received and execute appropriate response. Key responsibilities of the Intelligence section include:
- Gather and disseminate general Intelligence
- Collate, analyse and transmit intelligence to appropriate departments and Agencies for further investigation
- Collaborate with the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). The NFIU is the central national agency in Nigeria responsible for the receipt and analysis of financial disclosure (currency transaction reports and suspicious transaction reports) and dissemination of intelligence generated there-from to competent authorities. This collaboration aids intelligence sharing particularly as it concerns suspicious transactions bordering on Human Trafficking.
The Intelligence section in performing its functions often works closely with the following local Law Enforcement Agencies and Partners:
- National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
- National Security Adviser
- Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps
- Nigeria Police Force
- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
- Directorate of the State Security Services
- Nigerian Immigration Service
- Non Governmental Agencies
Sometimes, the section also deals with and in some instances collaborates with international law enforcement bodies and partners like:
- National Crime Agency (NCA)
- British Border Force (BBF)
- Netherlands National Police (KLPD)
- Germany – Bundeskriminalamt (BKA)
- Italy – Anti Mafia Bureau
International Cooperation Section: Functions
- Operating solely from the Agency’s headquarters, this section focuses on promoting and sustaining discreet liaisons with foreign embassies, United Nations agencies and other partners of the Agency. The section will also perform the following functions:
- Build and consolidate network of partnerships between the Agency and international collaborators
- Liaise and synergize with international development agencies
- Foster international cooperation between the Agency and partners
Angela A. (Mrs.)
Unit Head (IICU)