2 days ago, May 10th, The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons -NAPTIP)- boss said Nigeria is expecting about 5500 deportees from Libya and Mali.
NAPTIP director-general Julie Okah-Donli made the announcement during her maiden visit to during a visit to the agency’s zonal command in Lagos.
Okah said the deportees will arrive Nigeria in the coming weeks. She said 500 are expected from Libya while 5000 from Mali.
The reason for their deportation ranged from Human Trafficking, smuggling of migrants and issues with valid travel documents.
As at yesterday the official said the first batch of 250 Nigerians from Libya will arrive the country. The next batch of 250 Nigerians would also be deported from both countries in the coming week .
NAPTIP confirms that the 5000 persons to be deported from Mali were mostly victims of human trafficking. She said they were awaiting evacuation from the West African country.
Okah shared previous records of over one thousand Nigerians who have been deported from all over the continent and the UAE as well.
” Between February and April, this year, no fewer than 1134 Nigerians were deported from different parts of the world for various offences.”
“Out of the number, 905 were deported from Libya in five batches, 115 from Italy in four batches, 41 from Mali; 26 from Burkina Faso ; 14 from Ghana ; 22 from the United Arab Emirate; one from Cameroon; 8 from Cote-Ivore and two from Togo.”
Citing what a crime and embarrassing offense it is for Nigeria, NAPTIP boss declared a war on human traffickers.
Likewise all illegal organisations which kept shelter for rescued human trafficking victims and missing persons would be shut down. It was discovered that some of these set-ups were after monetary gains.
By extension she pleaded with the Nigerian government to make plans that will reduce unemployment and make the society economically conducive for Nigerian youths.
Okah said that the “frightening” deportation of Nigerians from several parts of the world recently calls for an urgent action.
“It is time for perpetrators to close shop, give up on the evil trade and look for more genuine businesses. There would be no sacred cows, no matter how highly placed.”
“We have made a commitment that our youth population, which represents the prosperity of this country must be rescued and protected from the claws of unscrupulous elements, who do not mean well for Nigeria.”
“We are already perfecting our strategy for the “name and shame” policy to ensure that human traffickers are exposed to the world.”
Going further on, she revealed that some highly placed agencies have also participated in human trafficking. According to her she said human traffickers have formed a “well orchestrated criminal network”
“It has moved from the era of physical administration of oath of secrecy on victims in person, to the era of digital initiation at the destination and other sacred points of exploitation in the full glare of electronic devices.”
NAPTIP has received 4,755 cases; rescued and supported 10,685 victims and secured 323 convictions. It has also commenced the sensitization of the members of the public.