NIS Inaugurates Migrant Smuggling Objects Trust Fund Board

The inauguration of the Management Board of the Trust Fund for Objects of Smuggling of Migrants was held at the headquarters of the service in Abuja.

By EZEKIEL OBI, Abuja –

As part of efforts to strengthen the fight against migrant smuggling, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has inaugurated the Migrant Smuggling Objects Trust Fund Management Board at the service’s headquarters in Abuja.

NIS Spokesperson, Mr. Amos Okpu, revealed this in a statement released Friday in Abuja.

Mr. Okpu said the inauguration represented an important step in the Service’s determination not only to combat those involved in migrant smuggling, but also to ensure that victims rescued from migrant smugglers are rehabilitated to continue their life.

Comptroller General of Immigration Isah Jere Idris and Mr. Peter Obodo, the representative of the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration of the Council, Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by Mr. Peter Obodo, Director at the Ministry, congratulated the Service for the formation of the Council and called on members to get up to speed work to combat head-on the disturbing activities of smugglers. immigrants.

He noted that from now on, migrant smugglers would not have to do anything as usual.

Earlier in his speech, Comptroller General of Immigration Isah Jere Idris, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, noted that “the activities of migrant smugglers have taken on an unacceptable proportion and therefore all necessary efforts must be put in place to checkmate”. their”.

“The event we are hosting today is one of those efforts that we consider important to make a strong statement about our commitment to giving migrant smugglers a good fight.”

Comptroller General of Immigration Isah Jere Idris

He reiterated that the task of the Council is quite difficult and enormous and therefore would require a huge investment of time, courage and experience from the members to succeed in the fight against the smuggling of migrants.

Section 97 of the Immigration Act 2015 provides for the establishment of the Trust Fund for Objects of Smuggling of Migrants, to which all proceeds from the sale of the assets and property of migrant smugglers will be paid. It further provides that the Board of Trustees will include representatives of the following bodies:
(I). Minister of the Interior;
(ii). Comptroller General of Immigration as Chairman;
(iii). Federal Ministry of Health;
(iv). Federal Ministry of Finance;
(v). Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development;
(vi). Accountant General’s Office;
(viii). Office of the Auditor General;
(viii). Central Bank of Nigeria;
(ix). National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) among others.

The highlight of the event was the inaugural statement by appointed representatives of agencies such as the Ministry of Home Affairs, Women’s Affairs and Social Development, NAPTIP, Accountant General’s Office and among others who were present by Mr. Peter Obodo, who replaces the Minister of the Interior. With the inauguration of the Trust Fund Management Board, a new war has been declared on migrant smugglers and their illicit assets and property inside or outside the country.

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