7 August 2016
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami (SAN), has identified terrorism and corruption as the factors fuelling human trafficking, criminality and migration.
Salihu Isa, Special Assistant to Malami on Media and Publicity quoted Malami as saying this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday.
Malami, also Minister of Justice, made the declaration at a meeting with an Italian delegation led by the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Paolo Silveri.
He said added that the declaration was made at the finalisation of a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation between the judicial systems of the two countries in Abuja.
He said that reduction in the incidence of human trafficking and other similar crimes could be achieved through effective cooperation.
According to him, the agreements between Nigeria and Italy are ready for execution.
The Nigerian minister said that the agreements were in the areas of mutual legal assistance, transfer of prisoners and extradition agreements.
He urged the Italian delegation to identify the right timeline and venue for the execution of the said agreement.
Malami applauded the Italian government’s support for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in particular and Nigeria in general.
He solicited further assistance to strengthen the skills and capacity of the agency’s personnel.
Responding, Silveri said the delegation was perfectly aware of the nexus between criminality, human trafficking and migration.
He added that the delegation was seeking collaboration with the Federal Government to cement existing political and economic relationships.
He said Italian authorities were also seeking effective collaboration in managing migration from Nigeria to Libya and from Libya to Italy.