It’s true, 26 Nigerian women found dead on Mediterranean – FG

Migrants at sea
Migrant boat used to illustrate the story [Photo credit: CBC]

The federal government said it had received reliable report from its mission in Rome concerning the 26 suspected Nigerian migrants whose bodies were discovered in the Mediterranean on Sunday.

A statement from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed by the spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, on Wednesday said the federal government had been in touch with the mission.

The mission confirmed that the 26 migrants, all females between the ages of 14 to 18, were recovered from the Mediterranean by a Spanish Warship, Cantabria.

“The report indicates that a Spanish Warship, Cantabria, brought the remains of the migrants to Southern Italian Port of Salerno.

“The Italian security officials who made this discovery are yet to confirm if they were purposely killed and why all who died were female.’’

It also added that the Italian Police Chief in Salerno had inaugurated an investigation into the cause of their death to ascertain if they were either tortured or sexually assaulted.

The government further described the incident as a “monumental loss and a sad moment for our country” and added that more investigations were being conducted.

“Federal Government wishes to commiserate with the families of the victims,” it added.



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  • Arabakpura

    Harsh and sad!

  • Mike Onokan

    I am just wondering, rather than continuing to experience this type of tragedy, what is wrong with the government of Nigeria and those of these European nations that are highly desirous of the services of these ladies, enter into bi-lateral TRADE AGREEMENTS for official and legitimate export-import arrangement. I guess this will be a win win for both Nigeria, where the commodity is in abundance, and Europe, where there is a steady market. I may sound ridiculous, but are we all not just pretending as if this is not a viable option. Nigeria will stop losing her citizens, while European immigration, warships and all can be put to more productive use.
    This suggestion might even become a model that other parts of the world can adopt, because the trade is both TRANSNATIONAL AND TRANSCONTINENTAL. I don’t know o. I am only suggesting. Who knows, we may have gotten an alternative foreign exchange earner, more lucrative now that oil is going out of fashion. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      You need only spend about one hour of your time wandering around the red light district in Amsterdam before you change your mind.

      No one should be a sex slave.

  • Holy truth

    FG should make human trafficking capital offence in Nigeria, to prevent all dis untimely deaths of young Nigerians on Mediterranean seas in hands of dis wicked human smugglers. Dis is a pathetic & sad news.
    Another issue is that FG & all d stakeholders should as a matter of seriousness make Nigeria environmental a better place to encourage investors to come into d country to create employments. Fix d electricity, roads & infrastructures & see if nigeria will not boom economically.
    Unfortunately d wicked nigerian politicians don’t love of d country at heart, d only thing on their minds is to steal & loot billions of money to fritter abroad to develop other pple’s countries & destroy naija,so long as their families can go abroad to enjoy their loots.

    • Mike Onokan

      My brother, you speak well. But be reminded that SEX AND DRUG TRADES are the most lucrative any part of the world. America is the destination of choice for DRUG AND SEX TRAFFICKING. Remember, the two are inseparable. I assure you, America is completely helpless in the fight against these trade. You know why? The commodities are in extraordinary demand across the US. It is a multi trillion dollar trade. That is why I was asking Nigeria to be innovative by thinking outside the box. Because America has grown weary of the fight against drugs, they have decided to legalize the use of INDIAN HEMP – here they call it MARIJUANA. We now have both MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL use of IGBO. You are free to have a small garden of it in your apartment or home. Now if you are caught with a few wraps in your pocket, your don’t have to do time in jail any more. That’s where USofA is now.

      That reminds me of PETER TOSH – “LEGALIZE IT”. You catch my drift? We didn’t heed his advice then. Now we do.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Most of those 26-Nigerian women, must possibly be from Edo-State/Delta State, region, of Nigeria, because those are the Nigeria-women, who would abandoned their children for their ageing parents in order to travel to Libya, in order to be smuggled through Mediterranean sea to Europe, destination Italy, as prostitutes who would pay-off smugglers and other middle-men in order to get to Italy, at all cost.
    Most of Nigerian-ladies who traveled to Libya, en-route to Italy, through Mediterranean-sea, to Italy, in rickety-boats and floating-rubber-boats usually end up dying in the sea and their remains were never found by rescue-teams from European Union.