FG evacuates 41 Nigerian girls from Mali

FG evacuates 41 Nigerian girls from Mali
  • Arrests 6 suspected human traffickersThe Federal Government on Monday evacuated 41 Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for forced labour and sexual exploitation.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six  persons,  alledged to be  human traffickers, were also arrested and brought back to the country alongside their victims.

    The Hercules C-130 military aircraft, with registration number NAF 913, conveying the returnees landed at 7:45 pm at the Airforce Base of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.

    They were brought back by the Nigeria Air Force in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant, Diaspora and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

    They were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

    Addressing newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, commended the Chief Of Defence Staff, for facilitating the return of the victims to the country.

    “We want to thank the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, for making the return of the girls possible, otherwise they would have still be there.

    “The girls came back voluntarily. Some of these girls are between 15 and 17 years old who thought they were being taken to Europe for greener pastures but ended up with traumatic experiences in the hands of their traffickers and their madam.

    “So they should not be ashamed of themselves because they are victims. We are going to rehabilitate them through skills acquisition programmes. I am therefore calling on non-governmental organisations to join us in this regard,” she said.

    Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerian parents to watch their children carefully and ensure that they don’t succumb to peer pressure and other activities that could exposed them to traffickers.

    She confirmed that six of the alleged traffickers, who were arrested and brought back to the country, would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.

    According to her, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration remains committed to the welfare of Nigerians all over the world, hence this intervention.

    Also speaking, Mr Joseph Famakinwa, Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, South-West Zone, said 512 victims were returned to the zone in 2016.

    Famakinwa said Nigerians needed to go back to the basics of bringing up their children uprightly and discouraging the ‘get rich quick’ syndrome.

  •  

    Read Also: Read the letters written by Islamic State suicide bombers

  • He said poverty was not solely responsible for the increase in the human trafficking, stressing that other factors such as negligence, peer pressure and greed were also responsible.

    “Once the girls have been rescued, we take them to our shelter houses where they are received by trained counselors who assist them in overcoming their trauma.

    “After counseling, for those who don’t want to go back to school, we give them a vocational training of their choice and also assist them to set up their businesses.

    “We also meet with their families to let them know that being victims of human trafficking is not the end of the world and advised them on how to render support to the girls,” Famakinwa said.

    He said NAPTIP would reveal the identities of the suspected traffickers in due course and ensure that they are brought to justice.

Nigerian Online Newspaper=


follow us on twitter @aljazirahnewsng
Like us on Facebook @aljazirahnewsng

Share This:

Related Posts

Fashola asks FG to extend ‘whistle-blowing’ policy to power ... The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called on the Federal Government to extend its ‘whistleblowing’ policy to the power sector to curb energy theft. Fashola made the appeal in Enugu at the 16th Power sector monthly meeting, sponsored by the Niger Delta Power Holding Com...
Ooni appeals to state governments over workers’ unpaid salar... The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has decried state governments owing workers salaries running to several months , saying that it was not a good idea.   Ogunwusi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) when some management staff paid him a courtesy visit in Ile Ife, Osun. &...
2017 AFCON: Mali, Egypt draw as El Hadary sets record Seven-time Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt were held to an exciting 0-0 draw by Mali in Group D of the Gabon 2017 AFCON on Tuesday.  It was a game that was full of intensity but saw little in terms of goalscoring opportunities.  It also saw legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary becom...
Fg begs SSANU, NASU, NAT to suspend strike The Federal Government, has pleaded with the three striking non teaching staff unions in the universities that embarked on strike yesterday to suspend their action in the interest of the nation. The three University unions, the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, Non Academic St...
Afcon 2017: Ghana, Uganda, Egypt, Mali battle in Group D GHANA: Nickname: Black Stars Africa Cup of Nations High Point: Champions (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982) How they qualified: Won four of their six games and dropped their only points in draws with Mozambique and Rwanda. A 7-1 thrashing of Mauritius in their very first game laid the foundation for ...
FG redeploys 3 perm. secretaries President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday  approved the  redeployment of three  Federal Permanent Secretaries. A statement by Haruna  Imrana ,Director of  Communications, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), said that the circular conveying the deployment was signed by the H...
Super Falcons Grab N4.88m Each, Federal Govt. Releases Fund ... Federal Government of Nigeria has fulfilled its promise to pay Super Falcon players and their officials their entitlement accruing to them before and during their 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations by lodging the needed fund into the NFF bank account on Friday. Completesportsnigeria.com gathered ...
We’re not responsible for your woes, FG tells Nigerians The Federal Government on Thursday said the present administration was not responsible for the hardship currently being experienced by Nigerians. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said this while answering reporters’ questions after the last meeting of the National ...
Despite delay for members, pensioners union leaders laud pay... The Nigeria Union of Pensioners has commended the Federal Government for the payment of 12 months arrears of 33 per cent pension increase to civilian pensioners in the country. This is despite outcry by many federal pensioners that they are yet to receive payment alerts that some of their colleag...
FG distributes 4116 buses nationwide as palliatives A total of 4,116 buses valued at N37 billion have been delivered to beneficiaries nationwide under the Federal Government’s Public Mass Transit Revolving Fund (PMTF) Scheme. The Managing Director of The Infrastructure Bank, Adekunle Oyinloye, stated this in a paper he presented at a National Work...
Assets sale: PENGASSAN threatens strike The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened to go on strike if the Federal Government sells national assets. In a statement in Lagos, the union’s Public Relations’ Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojugbana, advised the government not to sell the assests in the...
Commissioner appeals to FG to refund N22bn spent on federal ... The Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Dr Godwin Udeuhele, has appealed to the Federal Government to refund the N22 billion the state spent on rehabilitation of Federal roads Udeuhele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday that the appeal had become necessary to enable ...
EDITORIAL- Pump price increase: NO to more infliction of suf... Nobody needs a soothsayer to tell the world that any further pressure on Nigerians economically may spell doom for the President Muhammadu Buhari led government. Nigerians at present are undergoing one of the most trying times in the history of the nation since it gained independence over 55 year...

Tags assigned to this article:
evacuates 41FGMaliNigerian girls from