Saturday, March 25, 2017

130 underage Nigerian girls trapped in Mali, B'Faso- Dabiri Erewa

At least 130 underage Nigerian girls trafficked to Mali and Burkina Faso are still trapped in the two countries , Saturday PUNCH has learnt .

According to the Federal Government , 90 of the girls are in Burkina Faso while the remaining 40 are in Mali .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs . Abike Dabiri- Erewa , who disclosed the situation to
Saturday PUNCH , described it as requiring urgent attention .

She, however , said the Nigerian embassies in the two countries were currently working to see how to rescue the underage girls .
Dabiri- Erewa also reiterated her warning to Nigerians to avoid Libya following a death penalty awaiting illegal migrants in that country.

The presidential aide had recently said her office would be working with the National Commission for Refugees , Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to sensitise Nigerians on the need to avoid some countries.

171 Nigerians were recently repatriated to the country from Libya . The returnees, who were received at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , were brought back through a joint effort of the International Organisation of Migration and the National Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with the officials of the NCRMID .

The returnees comprised 83 female adults , 10 female children and two female infants; 73 male adults, two male children and one male infant .

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