- Nigerians have been urged by International Organisation for Migration to beware of fake foreign travel agencies that promise work abroad
- The national protocol officer of the organisation said a lot of people have lost their lives through this means
- Accordin to the officer, “body parts black market’’ was now booming in parts of the middle east, and a kidney costs as much as 262,000 dollars
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has warned Nigerians of the booming organ harvest in parts of the middle east, urging them to beware of fake foreign travel agencies.
According to press statement signed by Ikechukwu Attah, national protocol officer, IOM-Nigeria, these fake agencies promise their victims work abroad and help with their travel documents, only to put them in harms way, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Attah said: “Beware of fake foreign agencies that promise work abroad. They process your papers, pay your ticket and then take you abroad in pretense that they want to get you a job there.
“Instead, they end up killing their victims and harvesting all the valuable body parts. A lot of people were offered jobs in the middle east but up to now their family members cannot trace their whereabouts."
He said that the “body parts black market’’ was now booming in parts of the middle east, and advised prospective migrants to always go through proper channels to avoid falling victim.
"The body parts black market business is booming in middle east. One kidney now costs 262,000 dollars, heart costs 119,000 dollars and liver costs 157,000 dollars. Let our children and grandchildren be aware of these evil devices," he added.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that a batch of 162 Nigerians, including four pregnant women, voluntarily returned from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The coordinator, Lagos zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development in Lagos on Wednesday, January 30.
Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 3.30a.m on board a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft.
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