Human trafficking: FG delegation jets off to Libya

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A special delegation of the Federal Government on Wednesday departed Abuja for Tripoli, the Libyan Capital to evacuate Nigerians trapped in the North African country.

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

According to him, the delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.

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

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

He said facts finding mission on the level of the enslavement of Nigerians in that country would be part of their engagements in Libya.

Emerole also disclosed that the delegation would also engage the Libyan Authorities, Nigerian officials and Nigeria citizens living there, as well as International organisations working on migration issues in Libya.

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the evacuation of all Nigerians trapped in Libya back home, following reports of the enslavement of Nigerian Migrants in the country.

He 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.

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.