9 November 2017

Nigeria Investigates Death of 26 Teenage Nigerians Off Coast of Italy

The Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has begun an in-depth investigation into the death of 26 teenage Nigerian girls who reportedly died in the Mediterranean Sea, off coast of Italy, while attempting to cross from Libya to Europe.

According to the ministry's spokesperson, Tope Adeleye Elias-Fatile, the ministry has received a reliable report from the Nigerian Mission in Rome ascertaining that bodies of 26 teenage Nigerians, all of whom are girls, were discovered in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The remains of the migrants who were between the ages of fourteen and eighteen were brought to Southern Italian Port of Salerno by a Spanish Warship, Cantabria, Adeleye stated.

According to him, "The Italian security officials who made this discovery are yet to confirm if they were murdered, tortured or sexually assaulted and why all who died were female."

"Indeed, this is a monumental loss and a sad moment to our country.

As more investigations are being conducted on the unfortunate incident, the Federal Government wishes to commiserate with the family members of the victims."


IMF Raises Nigeria's 2019 Growth Forecast to 2.3%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised Nigeria's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projection for 2019 to 2.3 per… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Vanguard. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.