The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has dismissed a deputy director and four other officers for various offences, the PUNCH reports.

The spokesperson for the agency, Vincent Adekoye, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday.

Adekoye explained that the offences range from corruption to demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives.

According to him, other offences committed by the officers were leaking confidential information to suspects that endangered the lives of colleagues; violation of oath of secrecy; stealing and alteration of official records and Absent Without Official Leave.

He said, “These offences are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.

“Two other officers were demoted by two ranks for soliciting for bribe from a suspect of human trafficking, while one officer was demoted by one rank for the negligence of duty.

“The disciplinary actions followed the approval of the Governing Board of the agency at its meeting on May 25, 2023.

“At that meeting, the board considered and ratified the decision of the agency’s Senior Staff Committee which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.”

Adekoye also announced that a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto had convicted a law enforcement officer and sentenced him to prison.

He said the officer was convicted on a two-count charge of trafficking contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015) and was sentenced to five years on each count.

“This is NAPTIP’s 37th conviction and counting for the year 2023,” he added.


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