The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Director-General, Senator Basheer Mohammed, has been fired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed was sacked less than four months after taking control of the agency.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, announced on Wednesday that Mohammed has been replaced by Fatima Waziri-Azi.
Shehu said the appointment followed a recommendation from Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
As a result, the minister stressed the “urgent need for the Ministry to build on the existing NAPTIP capacity to achieve its Key Result Areas.”
According to Hajiya Sadiya, Fatima Waziri-Azi was recommended because of her “pedigree, vast experience, and proven track record of driving the agency forward and consolidating what has been achieved so far.”
In a statement, the appointee was described as a former head of the Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a women’s rights advocate, an advocate against domestic and sexual violence, and an expert in Rule of Law.
The former Director General of NAPTIP, Mrs Imaan Suleiman Ibrahim, has replaced Mohammed as the Honourable Federal Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on May 27 2021.