National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons says it has sacked a deputy director along with four other of its staff for indulging in bribery, corruption and leaking classified information to suspects.

NAPTIP’s press officer Vincent Adekoye, who disclosed the news in a statement on Wednesday, said the affected officers committed offences that range from corruption to demanding and receiving bribes from suspects and relatives.

Adekoye did not mention the names of the dismissed officers.

He said the five disgraced members of the organisation leaked confidential information to suspects that endangered the lives of colleagues, violating the oath of secrecy, stealing and alteration of official records and being from absent from work without official leave.

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“These offences are all contrary to provisions of the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations. Two other officers were demoted by two ranks for soliciting bribes from a suspect of human trafficking, while one officer was demoted by one rank for negligence of duty.

“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 which earlier sat on the disciplinary matters in accordance with the Public Service Rules and other extant laws and regulations,” the media officer at NAPTIP said in the statement.

He also announced that a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto State has convicted a law enforcement officer and sentenced him to prison for trafficking in person, contrary to section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act (2015) and was sentenced to five years on each count.