Nigeria: Slavery - Govt Delegation Leaves for Libya

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4 January 2018

The federal government yesterday sent a special delegation to Tripoli, the Libyan capital on a facts finding mission over widely published report recently that Nigerians were being sold and enslaved in that country.

The delegates are also to inquire on the level of the enslavement of Nigerians in that country and to plan the mass evacuation of Nigerians trapped in the North African country.

The delegation is led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and includes the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Dame Julie Okah-Donli, and the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Diaspora Matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, among others.

The facts finding mission will among other things engage with the Libyan authorities, Nigerian officials and citizens living in Libya as well as international organisations working on migration issues in Libya.

It will be recalled that following reports of the enslavement of Nigerian migrants in Libya which has raised a lot of concerns in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the evacuation of all Nigerians trapped in the North African Country back to Nigeria.

He had also set up a team led by the Foreign Affairs Minister to work out modalities for carrying out the mass evacuation.

For the NAPTIP Director-General, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, the agency is ready to assist victims of human trafficking who will be amongst those returning to Nigeria to get properly reintegrated back into the Nigerian Society.

"Our Counsellors are fully ready to receive the returnees and give them the needed psychosocial Assistance for proper reintegration into the society," she said.

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