Libya and Mali Set to Deport 5,500 Nigerians
Nothing less than 5,500 Nigeria are to be deported by the Governments of Mali and Libya over various immigration offences ranging from Human Trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and non possession of valid travel documents.
The first batch of 250 Nigerians from Libya will arrive the country today. An additional batch of 250 Nigerians would also be deported from same countries next week .
Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons , NAPTIP Julie Okah-Donli, made this disclosure yesterday, during her maiden visit at the agency’s zonal command in Lagos,Vanguard reports.
She revealed that 5000 Nigerians, mainly victims of human trafficking, were awaiting evacuation back home from Mali. Okah- Donli who described the trend of deportation of Nigerians from different parts of the world in recent time as frightening, called for the need to change the tide by providing an attractive environment that would keep people gainfully employed.
She said, ”
Between February and April, this year, no fewer than 1134 Nigerians were deported from different parts of the world for various offences. Out of the number, 905 were deported from Libya in five batches, 115 from Italy in four batches, 41 from Mali; 26 from Burkina Faso ; 14 from Ghana ; 22 from the United Arab Emirate; one from Cameroon; 8 from Cote-Ivore and two from Togo”.