The office of the President on Thursday declined comment when asked why the law establishing Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), was jettisoned in selecting the agency’s new head.
Calls and a text message to the known line of presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, were not acknowledged or replied.
Mr Shehu had, on Tuesday, announced the appointment of Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new director-general of NAPTIP.
She was appointed after incumbent Julie Okah-Donli was suddenly sacked, having not completed her four-year tenure as she was appointed in April 2017.
According to Premium Times, both officials do not have the required qualifications for the agency’s top job.
Section 8(1) of the NAPTIP Act 2015 mandates the director-general of the agency to be from the directorate cadre of the public service or its equivalent in any of the law enforcement agencies.
Before being appointed, Mrs Sulaiman-Ibrahim was a political appointee, working for the minister of state for education as a special adviser on strategic communication.
On the other hand, Mrs Okah-Donli, a lawyer, was a legal adviser of the Nigerian Capital Market Institute, an executive assistant to former Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa, and head of the Abuja branch and northern region for UBA Trustees.