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National Agency for the Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP has recorded a success story in a  fight against human trafficking as it has rescued over  17000 victims, counseled, and rehabilitated.
Speaking at the World Day against Human Trafficking, the Director-General, NAPTIP, Senator Basheer Garba Muhammed said the Agency has empowered a good number with no fewer than five victims employed at NAPTIP after seeing them through the university education.
Muhammad also revealed that about 560 traffickers have been jailed, while many other cases are still being prosecuted in the different courts of jurisdiction.
” Aside the 9 zonal commands spread across the six geo-political regions of the country, the Agency has also increased her presence to cover 12 states of the federation, as a way of boosting the operations of the agency and to also penetrate all parts of the country to outsmart the traffickers and make them uncomfortable,” he said.
Represented by the  Director, Legal and Prosecution Department, Mr. Hassan Tahir,  Muhammed said there was the need for victims of trafficking to anchor the awareness-raising on their situation, for a better promotion and protection of their rights, while experience shared could also serve as a warning to prevent potential victims from being trafficked.
The theme of this year’s celebration, according to the director-general, is ” Victims’ Voices Lead the Way.”
During the celebration, the agency with partners unveiled two projects which will be implemented by the  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR, in close coordination with NAPTIP and the Nigeria Immigration Service.
The projects included,  ” Strengthening Nigeria’s Criminal Justice Response to Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants- PROMIS.” This particular project, according to NAPTIP is supported by the Netherlands. It seeks to strengthen national capacities to prevent, investigate and prosecute TIP/ SOM cases in line with international human rights standards.
The second project was ” Strengthening Trans-Regional Action and Responses against the Smuggling of Migrants-STARCOM.” It is supported by Canada. The project will be implemented by UNODC in close coordination with the NIS.
Also,  the lunch of the Harmonised Screening and Reporting Tools for identification of victims of Human Trafficking by stakeholders which was developed by NAPTIP, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF,  the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, and Civil Society Organizations under the auspices of the Network of Civil Society organizations Against Child Trafficking, Child Abuse and Labour, NACTAL with the support of the International Organization for Migration, IOM.
Muhammed, however, appreciated the Development Partners, UNODC, IOM, and FIIAPP, for their unalloyed support for the age

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