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Women You Should Know: Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim


Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim is a Nigerian politician and businesswoman. She is currently the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP since 1 December 2020.

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Early Life And Education

Sulaiman-Ibrahim was raised in Abuja, Nigeria. She attended Aruwa Nursery School, Abuja and Jabi Primary School, (now, LEA Primary School, Jabi), for her nursery and primary school education before preceding to Federal Government Girls College, Bwari, Abuja for her secondary education.

At the age of 19, she graduated from the University of Abuja with a degree in sociology. At the age of 21, she received two master’s degrees from Webster University, an MBA and MA. She did her mandatory National Youth Service Corps at NNPC, Kaduna zonal office.


Sulaiman-Ibrahim started her career working at Abuja Geographic Information Systems, AGIS, before moving to the United Kingdom where she worked in the human resources field, before becoming a certified SAP HCM consultant. Sulaiman Ibrahim joined Mary Kay and later became a senior sales director.

She was a special adviser on strategic communication to the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and a former member of the Nasarawa State economic advisory council.

Director-General Of NAPTIP

On 1 December 2020, Sulaiman Ibrahim was appointed by the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari as the director-general of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP for a four-year tenure to replace Julie Okah-Donli.

A Bit About NAPTIP

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) was created on the 14th of July 2003 by the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2003.

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The Agency is the Federal Government of Nigeria’s response to addressing the scourge of trafficking in persons. It is a fulfilment of the country’s international obligation under the Trafficking in Persons Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Convention (UNTOC).

Nigeria became a signatory to the Transnational Organized Crime Convention and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol on 13th December 2000. Article 5 of the Trafficking Protocol enjoins States Parties to criminalize practices and conduct that subject human beings to all forms of exploitation which include the minimum sexual and labour exploitation.

The Trafficking in Persons Act 2003 was an outcome of a private member bill sponsored at the National Assembly by the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), a non-governmental organization founded by Mrs Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, the wife of the Vice-President of Nigeria at that time.

The Mission Of NAPTIP

“NAPTIP” is fully committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation through the coordinated use of the Nation’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources; to stamp out human trafficking and to liberate and uplift the Vulnerable, especially women and children, from dehumanising and exploitative employment and usage; and to ensure their rehabilitation and effective reintegration into society.”

The Vision Of NAPTIP

“Hands-on commitment to suppress and eliminate the scourge of trafficking in persons and child labour in Nigeria and improve the quality of life the trafficked persons through aggressive rehabilitation and victim assisted programmed and rehabilitation and promotion of equality of persons.”

Personal life

Sulaiman-Ibrahim was born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. She is from Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Her father was S.K Danladi, an Abuja-based engineer and developer. Her mother is Aishatu Sulaiman Danladi, a teacher. She is the second child in a family of eight children. Sulaiman-Ibrahim is married and has three children.



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