- Osita Osemene, a migrant and resource person at the EU-IOM reintegrating in Nigeria, has lamented the risky adventure undertaken by Nigerians desperate to leave the country
- He expressed shock at the rate of migrants leaving for Europe through the Mediterranean Sea
- Osemene, however, expressed optimism that government's campaign against it will yield the desired result soon
Following report that no fewer than 50 Nigerian migrants were rescued on the Mediterranean Sea while heading to Italy, a migrant and resource person at the EU-IOM reintegration training in Nigeria, Osita Osemene, has expressed shock over the development.
Osemene expressed shock at the rate at which Nigerians still go through illegal process of leaving the shores of the country despite efforts by the Nigerian government to curb it, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the migrants were among hundreds of other African migrants that were intercepted and jointly rescued on the Mediterranean Sea by the Libyan coastguards and an international charity organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Osemene said: “It is regrettable that despite campaign efforts by the Nigerian government, international bodies and local agencies to curb irregular migration, Nigerians are still taking the risk.”
According to Osemene, the campaign against illegal migration should not be stopped the government. He expressed optimism that such risky adventure will be a thing of the past soon.
A reported stated that more than half of the migrants on the boat were Nigerians, while the rest were from other sub-Saharan African countries, including two Palestinians.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the 26 Nigerian female migrants who died in the Mediterranean on November 3, had been buried.
According to witnesses, they were buried at the Salerno's Monumental Cemetery in Italy by the country's government.
It was learnt that most of the 26 females were between the ages of 14 and 30 and their bodies were recovered from the Mediterranean by a Spanish Warship, Cantabria. Only five of them were identified.
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