President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), a statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), announced on Tuesday. She succeeds Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, who was obviously sacked as her tenure had not yet expired.
Sulaiman-Ibrahim, a holder of BSc (Sociology), Masters of Arts (Management) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees, hails from Nasarawa State and was until her new appointment, a member of the Nasarawa State Economic Advisory Council as well as Special Adviser on Strategic Communication to the Federal Minister of State for Education.
The removal of Okah-Donli, who was recently appointed the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF), came as surprise to the watchers of the agency, which is tasked with fighting human trafficking in Nigeria.
NAPTIP was created in 2003 as Nigeria’s response to addressing the scourge of trafficking in persons. It was a fulfillment of the country’s international obligation under the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Convention (UNTOC).