Nigerian judicial officers, prosecutors, and legislation enforcement officers participated in a U.S.-funded retreat in Lagos centered on bettering the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking instances.
The programme was sponsored by the U.S. Division of State’s Bureau of Worldwide Narcotics and Legislation Enforcement Affairs and carried out by the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime (UNODC)
American officers and members of the judiciary and prosecutors on the Nationwide Company for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Individuals (NAPTIP) mentioned the admissibility of digital proof in human trafficking instances beneath Nigerian legislation.
There was a strong dialogue on witness administration and safety in addition to sharing of finest practices and insights on broad areas of prosecuting and adjudicating human trafficking instances beneath the Nigerian judicial system.
The U.S. Consul Common, Claire Pierangelo famous that the retreat was a key part of a U.S.-funded rule of legislation mission launched in 2018 titled, “Strengthen the Capacities of State and Non-State Establishments to Help, Assist and Defend Victims of Trafficking (VoT) in Nigeria.”
“We’re pleased with our continued partnership with the Authorities of Nigeria with its continued efforts to construct upon its successes in guaranteeing trafficking of individuals and smuggling of migrant instances are prosecuted successfully and pretty and people convicted obtain the suitable penalties,” Pierangelo mentioned.
She defined that the U.S. authorities in partnership with the UNODC Nigeria has been offering help to the Authorities of Nigeria, by way of the Federal Ministry of Justice, NAPTIP and Nigeria Immigration Service, in addition to civil society teams in numerous thematic areas of trafficking in individuals and smuggling of migrants.
The Consul Common highlighted achievements such because the institution of a judiciary useful resource centre at NAPTIP headquarters in Abuja, which gives entry to related instruments and assets for officers when investigating and prosecuting trafficking in particular person instances.
Different key accomplishments embody help for the institution of state job forces towards human trafficking throughout the nation and the event of a sequence of consciousness supplies on trafficking in individuals, produced for journey brokers, airport personnel, flight crews, and passengers.
US advances efforts to fight human trafficking in Nigeria