Buhari shoves out NAPTIP DG four months after appointment.

Replaces him with young Associate Prof of Law.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday shoved out the Director-General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Senator Basheer Mohammed after four months in office and replaced him by an Associate Professor of Law, Hajia Fatima Waziri-Azi.

Dr. Fatima Waziri - Azi, was until her appointment a Special Adviser on the Rule of Law to the President at Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She holds Bachelors of Law, Barrister at Law; Masters in Law; Doctorate in Law; Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (ACIrb); Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and Member, New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA).

The appointment was confirmed in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, on Wednesday, 8 September.

According to the statement, Waziri-Azi’s appointment follows a recommendation by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, who expressed the “urgent need for the Ministry to intensify on the existing capacity in NAPTIP in order to achieve its Key Result Areas as identified.”

The minister further noted that 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.”

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons is a law enforcement agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, founded in order to combat human trafficking and other similar human rights violations.

Waziri-Azi is 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.

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