Tuesday, 28 February 2017

41 Nigerian Girls Evacuated From Mali


41 Nigerian Girls who are victims of human trafficking were evacuated from Bamako, Mali Yesterday by the federal government, Daily Trust reports.

The evacuation came with the combined effort of the Ministry of Defence/Nigeria Air Force (NAF), the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said the evacuation followed the distress call received from Mali, after which her office informed the Ministry of Defence which provided the plane to evacuate the girls.

Also, six suspects were arrested in connection with the trafficking of the girls. They were handed over to the appropriate security agency for prosecution.

She said the 41 girls were victims of trafficking by some “big Madams” who were among the suspects arrested.

Some of the scantily dressed girls were covering their faces as they alighted from the aircraft.

NAPTIP Zonal Commander for South West, Mr. Joseph Famakin said the agency would rehabilitate the girls.

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