More Nigerian victims of trafficking return from Saudi Arabia

News - by RadioNow / Apr. 2nd, 2021
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The latest batch of returnees from Saudi Arabia, most of whom were trafficked to the Arabian country are accusing the Nigerian government of airlifting more Nigeriens than Nigerians, out of Saudi Arabia. They are currently camped at the Federal Capital Territory Hajj Camp, Abuja, in line with the country’s COVID-19 protocols.

In response to this, the Director-General of the national agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons, NAPTIP, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, says the number of Nigeriens airlifted out of Saudi Arabia is negligible.

These returnees, most of whom worked in Saudi Arabia as domestic help, returned to the country with children, fathered by the men they worked for, who they accuse of raping them and owing them salaries.

Addressing the press, the consular general of the federal ministry of foreign affairs, Mr Akinremi Bolaji says the concerns raised by the returnees would be investigated by the ministry.

Since January 2021, the Federal Government has evacuated over 3,000 people from Saudi Arabia, with last week witnessing the return of over 1,000 people.

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