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FG Raises Concern Over Burial Of Female Migrants In Italy

Photo: Hon. Dabiri –Erewa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Federal Government has expressed surprise and shock over the sudden burial of the 26 African girls drowned in the Mediterranean Sea by Italian authorities nine days ahead of the slated date.

The Italian Embassy has earlier indicated to the DG NAPTIP that the burial will take place in Salerno, Italy Nov. 26, 2017, but shockingly, went ahead with the burial on November, 17 2017.

This position was made known Monday at a joint news conference by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, alongside Mr. Abdulrahim Shaibu, a representative of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons in Abuja  Monday.

In a statement by her media aide Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Hon. Dabiri –Erewa, stated that a letter to the effect of the latest development had been sent to the Italian envoy in Nigeria.

“Why were they hurriedly buried nine days before the date communicated to the DG NAPTIP by the Italian Embassy without any information to Nigerian Government”, they asked

The DG of NAPTIP is currently in Italy to engage with the Italian authorities as they prepare for the burial on the November. 26.

Also, information available indicates that only three of the girls are said to be identified as Nigerians amidst allegations that the girls may have been assaulted and ill-treated by their traffickers.

“On the issue of Africans sold by Africans in Libya to Europe, as reported by the CNN in a report titled “People for sale; where lives are auctioned for $400”, the conference said it was totally unacceptable, despicable, and inhumane and such action should be condemned by anyone who is human and has blood running through his veins.

They appealed to the African Union, European Union, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization on Migration (IOM) and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), to intervene in the matter and tackle this issue of slavery happening in Libya and also mete out sanctions to the perpetrators of such heinous crime.

 

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