NAPTIP Dismisses Five Officers,Demotes Three For Misconduct

Ridwan Oliyide

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has dismissed five of its officers for committing offences that are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules.

The offences range from corruption, demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives, 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.

The Agency’s Press Officer, Adekoye Vincent, made this known through a statement released on Wednesday.

Vincent disclosed that a Deputy Director was among the five been dismissed as three others were demoted by ranks.

“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 negligence of duty.”

The Press Officer mentioned that the disciplinary actions was carry out in accordance to the approval of the Governing Board of the Agency at its meeting of May 25, 2023.

“The disciplinary actions followed the approval of the Governing Board of the Agency at its meeting of May 25, 2023. At that meeting, the Board considered and ratified the decision of the Agency’s Senior Staff Committee (SSC) which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations.”

Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto has convicted a Law Enforcement Officer and sentenced him to prison.

PLATFORM TIMES gathered that he 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 5years on each count.

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