By Balogun Alabi,
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has disclosed that Edo State has the highest number of returnees of about 533, out of evacuated stranded Nigerians in Libya, adding that Delta State has 128, while Yobe State has 28.
It stressed further that other number of returnees included Ogun states and Imo states which had 25 each, Ondo State with 17 and Oyo state has 15, stressing that other states who recorded no returnees were Borno, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Bauchi, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Niger State.
However, the agency explained that 27 states have had their indigenes returned, while nine states and Federal Capital Territory(FCT) were yet to record any returnees.
Also, NAPTIP noted that nine pregnant women and five babies were among 972 returnees that have been repatriated.
During a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, disclosed that it had arrested two suspected traffickers among Nigerian returnees repatriated from Libya.
Okah-Donli said that the two suspects were currently undergoing investigation, although, one of the suspected traffickers; a female, was transferred to NAPTIP’s Lagos Zonal command for questioning.
She disclosed that the agency had set up a task force to fish out those involved in the trafficking or smuggling of Nigerians, assuring that they would be prosecuted accordingly.
The DG, hinted that about 40 personnel of her agency, including, counselors, caregivers, investigators and public enlightenment officers, have been deployed to provide various services to the returnees at the Port Harcourt’s camp.
She further commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern and the bold step in the evacuation of the trapped Nigerians in Libya.
“This will go into history as the biggest evacuation of Nigerians ever by a Nigerian Government. It shows the great interest of the President in the protection of the lives of Nigerian citizens no matter where they are across the globe and irrespective of their immigration status” she said.