President Muhammadu Buhari has fired Director General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Senator Basheer Mohammed.
His sack is coming barely six months after he assumed office as the head of the agency.
Buhari has now named Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi as the new DG of the agency.
The president approved the appointment of Waziri-Azi following the recommendation of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who expressed the “urgent need for the Ministry to intensify on the existing capacity in the NAPTIP in order to achieve its Key Result Areas as identified.”
According to her, the recommendation of Fatima Waziri-Azi was based on her “pedigree, vast experience and proven track record to drive the agency forward and consolidate on what has been achieved so far.”
Waziri-Azi was a former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a women’s rights advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual-based violence and an expert in rule of law.