Nigeria

Minister cautions travel agencies against trafficking, smuggling

Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the announcement in Abuja at a world press conference, explained that in arriving at the amnesty various issues were looked at and several options considered.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has cautioned travel agencies never to engage in trafficking and smuggling.

He stated this during a joint stakeholders’ dialogue on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Aregbesola, who was represented by the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said any culpable agency would be blacklisted.

On his part, Mr. Babandede called for more collaboration between NIS and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in the war against trafficking.

He said, “NAPTIP and NIS must wake up to the responsibility of tackling the menace. We need to go back to the first-tier rating of combating this crime. We must come up with commitment toward eliminating this transborder crime.”

Responding, the Director General of NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, stated, “Having immigration supporting us gives us a lot of boost and we will continue to count on that support, on our part as an agency, we have the political will to take the fight to a higher level.

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