Trafficking: Nigerian govt delegation off to Libya

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FILE PHOTO: Some of the 171 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya before they disembarked form their aircraft on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja. {Photo; NAN]

The federal government’s special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Wednesday departed Abuja for Tripoli, the Libyan Capital to evacuate Nigerians trapped in that country.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Josiah Emerole, made this known in a statement in Abuja.

Mr. Emerole explained that the delegation was led by Mr. Onyeama.

“Others members are the Director-General, NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, and Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Diaspora Matters,’’ he said.

He said that the delegation departed the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday at 9:20 a.m. on-board the Nigeria Air Force Flight N5FGS.

According to him, fact finding mission on the level of the enslavement of Nigerians in that country would be part of their engagements in Libya.

He said that they would also engage the Libyan Authorities, Nigerian officials and Nigerian citizens living there, as well as International organisations working on migration issues in Libya.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that following reports of the enslavement of Nigerian Migrants in Libya, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the evacuation of all Nigerians trapped in the country back home.

The president also set up a team led by the Foreign Affairs Minister to work out modalities for carrying out the mass evacuation.

Since then, some high level meetings have been held among various federal government agencies with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, presiding.

Mr. Emerole quoted the NAPTIP’s Director-General as saying that, “the Agency is ready to assist victims of human trafficking who will be returning to Nigeria to get properly reintegrated back into the Nigerian Society.

’“Our counsellors are fully ready to receive the returnees and give them the needed psycho-social assistance for proper reintegration into the society.

“We will also help them with all the necessary tools to sustain themselves including vocational training and education assistance.

“This will be done with assistance from government, corporate bodies and the international organisations.

“This is not the time for anybody to stand aloof and watch the federal government to do it alone; all hands must be on deck now. Doing nothing will affect all of us,” she said.

(NAN)


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  • Hinds Peter

    Shuttle diplomacy.The long arm of government.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulus.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    It is the Sovereign duty of government to protect it’s citizens from exploitation.At home and abroad.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulus.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    I will cause a hedge to grow up between the Massi and their enemies.Massi will be blessed.Massi enemies will be cursed.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulus.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    Genocide of Massi of Nomads of refugees of any living thing.Will not be tolerated.I can not understand how you could be drawing United Nations U.N. funds and be against the former people.Is it not the duty of the United Nations U.N. to end war and belligerence.Peter Carlos Hinds.King of the Zulus.Barbados.

  • Comfortkay

    This pure waste of money, time and resources, those who went to Libya cannot find job at home, why not have a plan for them.
    The Federal government need to sign a contract with country like Germany to send their people to come here and train Nigerian in different areas of trade whereby individual can then stand on their feet.
    It is sad enough that Nigerian will go to Universities and when they cannot find a job they turned to be apprentice learning sometime to the ends meet.