Legal Nigeria

US urges FG to prosecute officials involved in trafficking-related corruption

…Stop funding CJTF
The United States has urged the Federal Government to take proactive measures to investigate and prosecute government officials suspected of trafficking-related corruption and complicity in trafficking offences.
This was contained in the 2015 Trafficking in Persons report, which placed Nigeria in Tier 2. Nigeria was also a Tier 2 country in 2014 report. The report which was officially presented to the public yesterday by the Secretary of State, John Kerry, also asked the Federal Government to stop provision of financial and in-kind support to the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) for recruiting and using child soldiers, sometimes by force.
“The Borno State government continued to provide financial and in-kind resources to the CJTF, which was also, at times, aligned to the Nigerian military in operations against Boko Haram,” the report said.
It said support to CJTF should cease until the group, “which allegedly perpetrate other trafficking abuses against women and children,” stop such acts. The report however commended Nigeria, particularly the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) for identifying and providing services to “an increased number of victims.”
and “continued extensive awareness campaigns throughout the country.”
This is even as the report observed, “the government of Nigeria does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”