Reps Advocate Inter-Agency Approach To End Human Trafficking

The House of Representatives has recommended an inter-agency approach to be led by Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS to address the challenge of human trafficking.

The Chairman House Committee on Diaspora, Mrs. Tolulope-Akande Shadipe gave the recommendation while on an oversight function to the NIS command at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Mrs. Shadipe who described the increasing rate of human trafficking and illegal harvesting of human organs as a pandemic that must be stopped, charged the Immigration officials to rise up to the challenge.

She pledged that the committee would provide the necessary legislations and parliamentary support to deal with the problem.

“The commitment of all Nigerians is needed to expose perpetrators and collaborators of trafficking”, the lawmaker said.

NIS Comptroller at the airport, Mrs. Sadat Hassan told the committee that immigration officials abroad ensure the rights of Nigerians are protected.

She complained however that often, officers were intimidated by politicians to release or allow suspected traffickers travel.

While urging for more support from the parliament, Mrs. Hassan stressed the need to increase the number of personnel in the Service as well as to look at the ways of securing porous borders.

Ibrahim Shehu

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