500 Nigerians to be deported from Libya – NAPTIP

At least 500 Nigerians would be deported from Libya on Thursday and next Tuesday, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic In Person (NAPTIP) has said.

NAPTIP’s Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli, stated this during her maiden visit to Lagos Zonal Command in Ikeja.

She said 250 would arrive the country on Thursday and the other 250 by Tuesday.

Okah-Donli, who declared war against human traffickers and organisations representing them, said a template would be released soon and any organisation that refused to comply with same would be sanctioned.

According to her, NAPTIP was on the verge of releasing its “name and shame” policy, to expose those behind human trafficking to the world.

The NAPTIP boss said the agency has recorded modest achievements since inception in 2003, adding that a total of 4,755 cases were received; 10,685 victims rescued and supported, and 323 convictions secured.

She said: “However, the trend of deportation of Nigerians from different parts of the world, especially in Africa in recent times is frightening and must be changed.

“For instance, between February and April, no fewer than 1,134 Nigerians were deported from different parts of the world for various offences. Out of the number, 905 were deported from Libya in five batches. As if that was not enough, we are expecting 250 on Thursday and another 250 persons next week, all from Libya. This number does not include the over 5,000, mainly victims of human trafficking in Mali, awaiting evacuation back home.

“In the last few days, I have interacted with various stakeholders and we have discovered that many people are still living in ignorance of the presence of this modern day slavery in our midst and the need to join hands to fight it.

“We have also seen the haphazard manner with which various stakeholders are battling it without the required synergy. In the next few months, NAPTIP would come up with a template to ensure comprehensive synergy amongst all stakeholders. We will not impose this template on the stakeholders but will hold discussions on it and anyone who runs foul afterwards, would face necessary sanctions.”

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