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FG Raises Concern Over Burial Of Female Migrants In Italy

The Federal Government of Nigeria
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 earlier
indicated to the DG NAPTIP that the
burial will take place in Salerno,
Italy on Nov. 26, 2017, but however
went ahead with the burial on
November, 17th 2017.
This position was made known at a
joint news conference by Hon.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special
Assistant to the President on
Foreign Affairs and Diaspora
alongside Mr Abdulrahim Shaibu,
representative of National Agency
for the Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons in Abuja on Monday.
A statement by the Media aide to
Hon. Dabiri-Erewa, Abdur-Rahman
Balogun, stated that a letter to the
effect 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 Nov. 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”, this is
totally unacceptable, despicable,
and inhumane and should be
condemned by anyone who is
human and has blood running
through their 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

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