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NAPTIP operatives arrive London Heathrow, Gatwick airports

*To profile Nigerian travellers entering UK

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) selected for the joint operations with the Border Force of the United Kingdom have commenced operations at the London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The team comprising of male and female operatives arrived London at the weekend and commenced work immediately. Their operations entail helping to profile passengers especially those of Nigerian origin with a view to identifying Potential Victims of Trafficking (PVoT), their traffickers and collaborators.

Julie Donli-Okah with officials of the UK government in a meeting
Julie Donli-Okah with officials of the UK government in a meeting

It will be recalled that the British authorities recently approved joint operations between NAPTIP operatives and the UK Border Force at the two airports with the aim of randomly profiling passengers and identifying PVoT and suspected traffickers.

This gesture was the outcome of some high level meetings in London between the Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli and officials of the Home office of the United Kingdom.

The NAPTIP boss had at the meetings insisted on mutual respect and liaison by law enforcement agencies across the globe in the fight against human trafficking.

This joint operation which will be for a short period will see the operatives of NAPTIP working side by side with the UK Border Force and other relevant agencies at the two gateways into the United Kingdom.

Before departure at the weekend, the Director-General admonished them to be good ambassadors of the agency and Nigeria. She also urged them to use the opportunity to showcase to the world the capacity of the agency’s personnel to carry out operations anywhere in the world observing global best practices.

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