The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has solicited the cooperation of the Italian government in its renewed bid to uncover highly placed Nigerians involved in human trafficking syndicates and their associates, wherever they may be located globally.
A statement signed on Wednesday, September 22, by Mr Vincent Adekoye, for the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit of the agency in Abuja, said that Director General of the NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, made the call during a courtesy visit to the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stefano Pontesilli, on Wednesday.
The statement quoted the director general as saying that the request for support was in line with the agency’s renewed bid; to fish out human trafficking culprits wherever they may be around the world.
The NAPTIP said that successful arrest, prosecution and conviction of the high-profiled individuals; involved in the illicit business of human trafficking would serve as a deterrent to other people engaged in the unlawful endeavour.
According to her, Italy was regarded as one of the major European destinations; for victims of human trafficking from Nigeria as well as the Embassy had consistently offered support to NAPTIP in its counter trafficking activities since its inception.
The Director General commended the Italian government for its unwavering support to the agency over the years; and called for a renewed collaboration that would lead to more convictions of human traffickers operating between Nigeria and Italy.
She also requested that the Embassy reviews the various requests for assistance by the previous NAPTIP management; and grant them in the spirit of the new found relationship.
Responding, the statement quoted the Italian ambassador as expressing his delight over the new NAPTIP director general; describing the agency as a very important and strategic partner of the Italian government in the fight against human trafficking; hence the embassy’s interest in its progress and stability.
Pontesilli recalled that the Italian Embassy has had a mutually benefiting relationship; and cooperation with NAPTIP in the past and promised to work more closely with the new Director General; to ensure a smooth relationship between the Agency and the Italian authorities.
He also added that the renewed cooperation would ensure a smooth relationship between the agency and the Italian authorities.