United States Consul General Claire Pierangelo (fifth left) with a cross section of participants at the opening ceremony of a program on human trafficking in Lagos State on March 10, 2021.

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The United States has funded a programme for Nigerian judicial officers, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials to boost efforts to tackle human trafficking in the country.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the spokesman of the US Consulate, Temitayo Famutimi, the retreat held in Lagos focused on improving the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases.

It’s sponsor is the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

“The retreat provided an opportunity for members of the judiciary and prosecutors at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, to discuss the admissibility of electronic evidence in human trafficking cases under Nigerian law,” the statement partly read.

Participants engaged in a robust dialogue on witness management and protection and shared best practices and insights on broad areas of prosecuting and adjudicating human trafficking cases under the nation’s judicial system.

Our Pleasure

“It is our pleasure to continue to partner with the Government of Nigeria whose immerse efforts is to curb and possible eradicates trafficking of persons and smuggling of migrant

We also supports the persecution of suspects and those convicted receive the appropriate penalties,” Pierangelo .

The Consular General explained that under the project, the U.S. government in partnership with the UNODC Nigeria has been providing support to the Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Justice, NAPTIP and Nigeria Immigration Service, as well as civil society groups in different thematic areas of trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

According to her, the initiative has recorded some remarkable achievements such as the establishment of a judiciary resource center at NAPTIP headquarters in Abuja that provides officers access to relevant tools and resources when investigating and prosecuting trafficking in persons cases.

Other key accomplishments include support for the establishment of state task forces against human trafficking across the country and the development of a series of awareness materials on trafficking in persons produced for travel agents, airport personnel, flight crews, and passengers.

US-Funds-Programme To Tackle Human Trafficking

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