Russia slams Nigeria Ambassador’s claim on trafficking as “incorrect and groundless’


Nigeria’s Ambassador to Russia had complained of trafficking of Nigerian girls to Russia.

The Russian Embassy on Monday in Abuja refuted reports that some Nigerian nationals involved in the sex industry were being giving visas by the embassy. The Embassy also refuted claims made by the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Asam Asam, on the matter.

A statement from the embassy said that “combating illegal immigration and sex trafficking is one of the key priorities of the embassy’s consular activities in Nigeria.’’

Mr. Asam had said no fewer than 200 Nigerian girls are trafficked every month to Russia for prostitution.

“The major consular challenge we face in Moscow is the influx of trafficked persons from Nigeria, not less than 200 girls are trafficked every month, and we have so many of them exposed to danger,” the envoy told the Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in Berlin on Thursday.

Mr. Asam said the problem was part of consular challenges faced by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia, but the Russian Embassy said “such an opinion should be dismissed as incorrect and groundless’’.

“Russian visa sections, both in Abuja and in Lagos, process visa applications according to the concrete migration regulations.

“All Nigerian applicants, excluding government officials and diplomats are subject to a substantive interview with a consular officer and thorough document checking,” it said.


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