The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has, in conjunction with EU-IOM Joint Initiative, so far repatriated more than 100 Nigerians from Lebanon and is working assiduously to bring back the remaining nationals from that country.
The Agency said efforts to repatriate Nigerians from abroad are usually carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of humanitarian affairs, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the EU -International Organisation Joint Initiative for Migration.
In the case of Lebanon, it said the above mentioned ministries and organizations are involved in addition to the Nigerian Embassy in Lebanon.
NAPTIP stated this, in reaction to reports that 30 Nigerian women are stranded in Lebanon and have called on the authorities to bring them back.
In a statement Friday, signed by Vincent Adekoye, Press Officer in the Agency, NAPTIP said it regrets the pains the stranded women were going through and assured that action is already being taken to bring them home like others.
It however appealed to young women in Nigeria to shun people tempting them with jobs in foreign lands, saying they are fake labour agents and traffickers deploying all kinds of tricks to lure their potential victims.
The statement reads:
“The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is deeply concerned and shares the pains of the Nigerian girls who are stranded in Lebanon.
“It will be recalled that since May 2020, NAPTIP has, through the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ministry of humanitarian affairs Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the EU -International Organisation for Migration joint initiative and the Nigerian Embassy in lebanon repatriated more than 100 victims of forced labour from Lebanon.
“The Agency will work assiduously with all relevant authorities and partners to locate these girls and ensure that they return safely as soon as possible.
“NAPTIP reiterates its appeal to young Nigerians to beware of people dangling tempting jobs in foreign lands as fake labour agents who are traffickers deploy all kinds of tricks to lure their potential victims,” the statement said.