Prince (Dr.) Ifalade Oyekan, FSIN, the general manager of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA), has often stressed the importance of efficient teamwork in crime prevention and detection.
Oyekan praised the delegation for recently transferring the Office for Anti-Human Trafficking in Lagos State to the Agency to support the fight against human trafficking and related crimes during a roundtable with representatives of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands and other partners.
He said, “We have both uniformed officers and undercover operatives spread across the state working to ensure that residents sleep with both eyes closed at night”.
A total of ten incidents of human trafficking were recorded in the first week following the establishment of the anti-human trafficking office, according to Oyekan, who also stated that the Corps officers had been successful in stopping numerous crimes and illicit activities around the state.
He thanked Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for supporting the agency’s creation of the situation room and emphasised the importance of technology in the battle against crime. The agency has expanded its monitoring efforts to include the waterways, the general manager continued, pointing out that several crimes are being committed there.
However, he lamented the uncontrolled migration of people into Lagos, saying “Our biggest challenge is that people migrate mostly from the North and other places making Lagos their final destination with no means of livelihood or solid plans for their welfare”.
In his response, the Head of the Delegation and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria, Mr. Wouter Plomp pointed out the power of social media handles in the fight against illegal migration, adding that people’s preference for the illegal approach because of their angst for a better life at all cost.
He said, “Even if we create a better way of migration, people will still opt for the other way”.
According to Mr. Sunday Aimiuwu of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), to abate the “Japa Syndrome”, his agency has engage and sensitise youths in Ikorodu, Alimosho and Ojo LGAs on how to travel the right way with the intervention of the International Office of the Migrants (IOM)
On his part, Mr. Alex of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons also said that his organisation had a good collaboration with IOM and other agencies in respect of returnees from Niger, Mali and Libya. School Clubs were also created to combat the syndrome.
Present at the meeting were delegates from the Kingdom of Netherlands and their Embassy, Mr. Eric van der Burg; Minister for Migration at the Ministry of Justice and Security, Mr. Peter Schuurman; Special Envoy, Migration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Eeuwke Faber; Deputy Director, General International Migration Management at the Ministry of Justice and Security, Mrs. Eva de Wit; First Secretary, Migration at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Representatives and Partners from IOM. PROMIS, NAPTIP, NNCFRMI, NOA, Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce and the LNSA.