United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, with funding from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, INL, of the US Department of State, supported the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, in establishing a Judicial Research Centre, JRC.
The UNODC’s Country Representative, Dr Oliver Stolpe, and NAPTIP’s Director-General, Ms ImaanSulaiman – Ibrahim, officially launched the centre on Wednesday
According to the UNODC and NAPTIP, the centre is a much-needed space, providing the Agency’s officers with access to adequate resources – including relevant research books, law reports, journals, and databases – to support them in building stronger cases when prosecuting trafficking in persons. The JRC would also provide a space for both trainers and trainees to conduct research and work on training-related assignments.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the JRC was established as part of UNODC’s project to strengthen the capacities of state and non-state institutions to assist, support and protect victims of trafficking in Nigeria, funded by the US Government.
Also, the project would enhance coordinated legal and other services for trafficked victims in Nigeria through capacity building, technical advice and institutional development directed to NAPTIP and other relevant ministries and agencies of the Nigerian Government.
“It is apparent that there is an upsurge in the number of cases of human trafficking in courts all over the Federation.
“It is my belief that this Judicial Resource Center will define our roles as actors in the fight against trafficking in Persons and further deepen the already existing partnership between NAPTIP, UNODC and INL,” said Ms Sulaiman – Ibrahim.
Speaking also, Stolpe said, “The centre is a great way to enable NAPTIP’s Officers to access relevant tools when investigating and prosecuting trafficking in persons’ cases.
“This appears critical against the background of the recent findings of the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, highlighting some of the shortcomings faced in the fight against trafficking, in particular as concerns the low number of successful prosecutions.”
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