Two suspected human traffickers were today, February 22nd, nabbed for trafficking some Nigerians to Libya with the promise of taking them to Europe for greener pasture.
The suspects, name unidentified, were nabbed after they were identified by their victims during the profiling of 164 Nigerians who voluntarily got back from the volatile North African country.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye identified as the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South West Zone, confirmed the development to reporters in Lagos.
Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that the suspected traffickers that were apprehended have been handed over to officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation to be carried out.
According to Ibrahim Farinloye, the two suspected traffickers were among the new batch of 164 returnees who got to the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos about 12.15 a.m. early today, February 22nd.
Ibrahim Farinloye said in a statement:
“The returnees were brought onboard a chartered Al Burag Airline Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG. “Upon profiling, the returnees consisted of 71 female adults, 17 female children and six female infants. There were also 55 male adults 13 male children and two male infants. “Among them were three returnees with medical cases and a pregnant woman who was in labour upon arrival in Nigeria.”
Ibrahim Farinloye further advised the returnees from Libya to remain focused on starting a positive life with the abundant resources available in and around Nigeria instead of looking the elusive greener pastures away from Nigeria.
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Farinloye further said in a statement:
“One will not appreciate the abundant resources God have endowed us with in Nigeria until you travel out. “All of you have gone and fortunately came back alive and you are at the best position to tell the story to those still aspiring to embark on such journeys. “We understand that many of you were deceived with very juicy opportunities overseas and these are mostly your close relatives.”
You need to assist the government to stem the menace of trafficking by giving information to government agencies who are going to protect your identity and safety. “The traffickers are not ghosts; you know them and you need to save other youths from falling victims.”