INVESTIGATION AND MONITORING DEPARTMENT
The Investigation and Monitoring Department is one of the Core Departments in the Agency. It deals with the General Investigation of crimes of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in accordance with the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA) 2015. The Department has the powers of the Police except arms bearing.
Section 12 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPPEA) 2015, provides that the Department of Investigation and Monitoring shall: –
- Be responsible for the prevention and detection of offences under this Act;
- Collaborate with the Nigeria Immigration Service and other relevant Law Enforcement Agencies in charge of entry and exit for the purpose of detecting offences under this Act;
- Investigate, trace and identify the proceeds, assets and properties of persons derived from acts which constitute an offence under this Act, and
- Effect the confiscation or forfeiture of such proceeds, asset or properties in collaboration with the Legal and Prosecution Department.
- The Investigation and Monitoring Department implements, enforce and administer the provisions of Trafficking in Persons (Control of Activities of Organizations and Centres) Regulations, 2019.
The Investigation and Monitoring Department is replicated in the Zonal Commands, States and Liaison Offices as Investigation and Monitoring Units.
STRUCTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT:
The Investigation and Monitoring Department is structured and divided into Fourteen (14) Units for optimal performance.
THE UNITS ARE:
- Surveillance Unit
- Asset and Financial Investigation Unit
- Data Capturing Unit
- Exhibit and Forensic Unit
- State Liaison Unit
- Emergency Response Unit
- Detention and Release Unit
- Crime and Incident Desk Unit
- Case Enquiry Desk
- Monitoring and Evaluation Unit
- Travel and Border Control Unit
- Joint Operations Unit
- Missing Persons Reporting Desk
INVESTIGATION AND MONITORING:
In line with the mandate of the Investigation and Monitoring Department, perpetrators of Trafficking in Persons are arrested and the victims of the crimes rescued. In addition, cases not within the purview of the Agency are referred to other relevant Sister Law Enforcement Agencies.
ACTIVITIES UNDER INVESTIGATION AND MONITORING DEPARTMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- General Investigation of Cases
- Asset and Financial Investigation (NIFU)
- Detention, Release and Cell Management
- Care and Management of Suspects
- Management, Maintenance and Care of Detention Facilities
- Conducting Investigation activities Nationwide
- Monitoring the Trends of Trafficking in Persons
- Open-Source Investigation
- The recruitment and sustenance of informants for the purpose of intelligence gathering
- Conducting surveillance of suspected facilities and persons.
- Patrol and unscheduled checks of suspected facilities / dark spots and raids
- Collaborating with other Law Enforcement Agencies in the Planning and Coordination of Joint Operations relating to Human Trafficking
METHODS OF INVESTIGATION
The Department employs various methods in carrying out its Investigation activities which includes but not limited to the followings:
- Proactive Investigation
- Reactive Investigation
- Disruptive Investigation
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Asset and Financial Investigation
- Forensic Investigation
The Department is headed by an experienced, vibrant and seasoned Investigator and Administrator, Mr. Daniel Atokolo, who has led various Zonal Commands and Regional Directorates in the Agency, his Contacts are:
Name: Daniel Atokolo