UNODC to start implement Japan-funded project to fight human trafficking in Nigeria

ABUJA, 18 May 2015. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is starting a new project funded by the government of Japan called "Support to the Fight against Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria" The project will strengthen criminal justice responses to trafficking in persons in Nigeria.

Specifically, the project's aim is to provide targeted capacity building sessions for investigators and prosecutors from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and other law enforcement agencies. Presently, instructors at these law enforcement agencies' training academies are carrying out trainings on trafficking in persons without  sufficient skills, and, in particular, with no uniform curriculum on trafficking in persons to support them.

The project will thus revise the current training curriculum and customise training tools developed for these training academies of the Law Enforcement Agencies. It will also provide specific training to 25 key instructors of these training academies. The project envisages these trainings as a tool to improve investigation and prosecution of trafficking in person cases and other criminal justice procedures to combat human trafficking.

The Japanese contribution enables UNODC to expand its portfolio of projects addressing trafficking in persons in Nigeria. UNODC has already designed and carried out training for NAPTIP investigators and prosecutors, but this Japanese contribution will enable UNODC to reach out to more of the 257 investigators and 41 prosecutors of NAPTIP.

The project will complement another UNODC  project 'Promoting Better Management of Migration' in Nigeria' funded by the European Union, which aims at improving the organisational, operational and management capacities of law enforcement officers, counsellors and social workers to deal with cases of Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, in close cooperation with key national actors, in particular NAPTIP, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The UNODC portfolio of projects addressing trafficking in persons in Nigeria is also comprised of a third project, funded by the government of Switzerland, and which supports the Government of Nigeria in strengthening access to justice and safe reintegration for victims of human trafficking. 

For more information, please contact:
Sylvester Atere

Telephone: +234 701 683 9158+234 701 683 9158, + 234 8032647975+ 234 8032647975

E-mail: sylvester.atere@unodc.org

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