- Oyo state government has announced plans to repatriate trafficked indigenes from Lebanon
- This was disclosed by Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday, August 2, who reacted to plight of indigenes being trafficked
- The governor instructed that the state will pay for the repatriation of all indigenes that are confirmed to be trafficked
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Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde has said that all indigenes trafficked to Lebanon would be repatriated, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
This was revealed in a statement issued by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to the governor on Sunday, August 2, in Ibadan.
Makinde made the announcement while receiving a brief from the senior special assistant on diaspora matters, Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, on the plight of indigenes of the state trafficked to Lebanon.
The governor went on to note that the state government would not stand by and watch its indigenes suffer dehumanisation in any part of the world.
He added that the state will pay for the flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each Oyo state indigene that has been confirmed to have been trafficked to Lebanon.
The governor’s aide had earlier informed Makinde that some indigenes of Oyo state were discovered to be illegal migrants who were trafficked into modern-day slavery in Lebanon.
Sarumi-Aliyu noted that 40 out of the victims had been screened and would be ready for the journey back home on Wednesday, August 12, while more were still being discovered.
She added that her office had been working closely with the Lebanese authorities to identify those indigenes stranded in Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported a 23-year old Nigerian single mother, Omolola Ajayi, who was trafficked to Lebanon has been rescued by the Nigerian government and is now in the custody of the Nigerian ambassador in Beiruit, the country's capital.
This was revealed by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) via its social media pages.
Ms Ajayi cried out for help via a viral video that got the attention of the Nigerian government. In the video, she claimed that she was sold into slavery in Lebanon and called for help.
NIDCOM boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and Kwara state governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, promptly intervened in the situation.
In a related development, ten Nigerians have reportedly been detained in Italy over alleged human trafficking.
The Nigerians were detained by the Italian police after being accused of running a human trafficking ring that allegedly used voodoo rituals and promises of jobs to lure migrants to Italy, where they were put to work as prostitutes.
Some victims of the traffickers were made to pay as much as $28,000 (N10,851,400) each for their trip from Nigeria to Libya and then across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.
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