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People-trafficking and slavery on agenda as Theresa May arrives in Nigeria

Theresa May has emphasised the importance of sharing security intelligence as she arrived in Nigeria for the second leg of her whistle-stop Africa tour.

Mrs May has also raised the issue of human rights with the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari after Amnesty International claimed the Nigerian army raped women that had been rescued from terrorist group Boko Haram.

When asked about why there is a closer partnership with their military, the Prime Minister said: “I think it's important that we and Nigeria have shared security threats that we need to cooperate on issues like Boko Haram, or indeed human-trafficking.

"We recognise the issue of human rights - we have raised that today with the President of Nigeria - he has set up a committee of inquiry to look into these issues and I welcome that," she added.

The PM seems to have brought the typical British weather with her. Credit: ITV News

She will later visit Lagos to announce business projects, develop financial links amid post-Brexit uncertainty for the City of London, and meet survivors of modern slavery.

Mrs May said that she will be working to enhance trade with Nigeria as Britain leaves the European Union.

“There are British companies that have been in Nigeria for many years and we want to enhance those trading links. I feel there are many opportunities for us to do so as we leave the European Union", she said.

“We offer the important capacity to bring in access to capital markets through the City of London - together with professional services and expertise and great private sector companies.

"I look forward to greater investment in Nigeria creating jobs here for Nigerians and being good for people in Britain as well"

Next on the PM's trip is Kenya. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister arrives in Nigeria after making her pitch for the UK to help develop Africa, particularly in the post-Brexit world, and seize a greater share in the market amid fierce global competition from China, France and the United States.

She used a visit to South Africa to also outline her plan for how overseas aid should work in Britain’s interests and announced Britain’s first post-Brexit trade pact with a group of southern African countries.

But with Africa representing a small percentage of the UK’s trade, more will have to emerge beyond the agreements announced to satisfy Brexit critics who believe it will be difficult to replicate the advantages of EU membership.

A lighter moment in her first stop in South Africa saw Mrs May dance with schoolchildren before jokingly playing down her chances of appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.

Mrs May’s three-day trade mission ends in Kenya on Thursday.