- The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Wednesday, August 9, said that 540 Nigerians will be deported from Libya
- NAPTIP said the deportees will arrive in three batches of 180 each
- The agency also said more than 2,000 Nigerians were being deported from various parts of the world for different migration offences
The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Wednesday, August 9, said that 540 Nigerians will be deported from Libya starting from Friday, August 10.
The director general of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, while speaking at the inauguration of the North-West Zonal command office of the agency in Osogbo, Osun state said the deportees will arrive in three batches of 180 each.
Okah-Donli also said more than 2,000 Nigerians were being deported from various parts of the world for different migration offences.
She said some of these offences include human trafficking.
She added that NAPTIP has managed to rescue 12,000 victims of human trafficking and secured convictions for 325 migrants since 2003.
“Such massive deportations are not good for us as a people. Government at all levels must take steps to halt it by initiating measures that will reduce the vulnerability of our people to being trafficked.
“We must also strive to enlighten our people to resist the temptation to leave the country at all cost,” Okah-Donli said.
Further decrying the prolific trafficking in humans, Okah-Donli called for measure to end such crime.
She assured Nigerians of NAPTIP's commitment to implementing the Trafficking in Persons(Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act of 2015 with a view to ensure justice within the Nigerian system.
“Nigeria is a source, transit and destination country. Women and young girls are recruited for sexual and labour exploitation in parts of Europe, the Middle East and even within the African continent.
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“This calls for concerted action by all as Nigerians cannot make meaningful progress in its human capital development index, with a sustained depletion of her young and brightest stars,” she said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that no fewer that 258 Nigerians were expected to arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport from Libya.
The returnees, the agency said, will be a second batch of 253 Nigerians who had earlier been deported from Libya.
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