The federal government has so far secured 359 convictions against human traffickers in recent times.
This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari at the 6th Interpol global conference on human trafficking and migrant smuggling in Abuja.
The president, who was represented by a permanent secretary in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusugun Adekunle, noted that Nigeria was one of the first countries to fight and implement United Nations’ resolution on human trafficking.
He further called for more collaborative efforts against human traffickers, advising member nations to go beyond rescuing victims and to start arresting and prosecuting traffickers.
According to him, “Unless we fight corruption in developing economies like ours, the little resources budgeted for development will be stolen by few members of elite class, exposing our youth to poverty, and thus becoming vulnerable to trafficking and smuggling.”
Also speaking , Interpol secretary general, Jurgen Stock, noted that Nigeria and about 70 other countries had gathered to forge a common front against the complex, international groups behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
“The 6th Interpol Global Conference on Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling is being held in cooperation with Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria Immigration.
“With more than 500 specialists from law enforcement, the public and private sectors, non-governmental and international organisations, the two-day event will provide a global view on: current threats and trace the financial flows behind the crimes the crucial role of cross-sector partnerships, how to overcome obstacles to prosecution, and the use of technology and data in investigations,” Stock said.
At the conference, the representative of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, called for more international funding towards tackling the human trafficking menace in Nigeria.