Human trafficking: British Govt to prosecute more Nigerians based in UK- Official
Noakes, a Conservative MP for Romsey and Southampton North who expressed displeasure over the high number of NAPTIP cases pending in different courts in Nigeria, said that she would ensure complete prosecution of all the agency’s cases in the UK.
“We had a recent good success where the UK Government, law enforcement agencies collaborated with Nigeria in prosecuting human trafficker. It is a huge step forward to share information and share expertise. I am really appreciative of the Nigeria officials coming to the UK to give evidence in court to prosecute traffickers; that is a huge forward, “ Noakes said.
She commended the works done on NAPTIP facility in Lagos, stressing that within few weeks of approving money for renovation, the facilities had gone beyond their expectations.
“I am here to see the change made on NAPTIP’s facilities by the UK Government. In just few weeks, the work done is impressive. The facilities are being changed for vulnerable women and people trafficked. It will be a safe place for them to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the Nigeria society. The facilities will help the victims to be comfortable and go through rehabilitation,” the UK minister said.
The NAPTIP South-West Zonal Commander, Mrs Kehinde Akomolafe, who received the Minister on behalf of the Director-General, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the British Government for their assistance.
Akomolafe said that the responsibility of NAPTIP was huge and there was need for more assistance in anyway possible.
She disclosed that the agency’s management was doing its best with the available resources, stressing that more suspected traffickers were being prosecuted with 11 cases currently pending at various courts in Nigeria.
While assuring the Minister of more collaboration, Akomolafe added that one of their officials was in the UK to testify in a case of human trafficking against one Cassandra Iyamu.
The UK Minister had inspected the building facility located at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, currently occupied by NAPTIP and NDLEA. She also visited NAPTIP shelters for victims within the state.