France Strengthens Ties with Nigeria to Combat Illegal Migration, Human Trafficking

The French government has reaffirmed its commitment to enhancing its relationship with Nigeria, particularly in addressing illegal migration and human trafficking.

Christophe Leonzi, the French ambassador in charge of migration, conveyed the message during a courtesy visit to Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, in Abuja on Monday.

Leonzi stressed the need for regular dialogue between the two nations, especially in tackling illegal migration and human trafficking.

He acknowledged the existing cooperation between Nigeria and France but stressed the importance of reinforcing their partnership in border security and management.

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Tunji-Ojo welcomed the proposal, revealing the benefits of a stronger relationship between the two countries.

He pointed out the importance of regular meetings and visits in sharing problems and finding solutions, citing the successful collaboration that has led to a reduction in irregular immigration from Nigeria to Italy and the UK.

The Minister acknowledged that Nigeria has historically been reactive in addressing illegal migration but made known his commitment to being more proactive in tackling the issue.

He aligned himself with the French proposal, stating that it would help both countries be more proactive and strengthen their cooperation in this area.


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