President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Bashir Garba Mohammed as director-general of of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, and approved the appointment of Fatima Waziri-Azi, as replacement.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled ‘President Buhari appoints Fatima Waziri-Azi as DG NAPTIP’.
Although the statement is silent about Mr Mohammed, DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that he had been at loggerheads with the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.
According to the statement, her appointment was after a recommendation of the minister.
The statement noted that the minister 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.”
She added that the recommendation of Ms 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.”
Ms Waziri-Azi is a former Head of Department of Public Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a Women’s Right advocate, a campaigner against domestic and sexual based violence and an expert in Rule of Law.