The Nigerian Mission in Lebanon has rescued the 30 Nigerian ladies trafficked to Lebanon and relocated them to a conducive apartment while they await evacuation to Nigeria.
The 30 ladies, who had in a video appealed to the Federal Government for rescue, will be part of the other 150 trafficked Nigerian girls in Lebanon who would be evacuated back to Nigeria on August 12.
According to a statement made by an official of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Gabriel Odu, on Tuesday in Abuja, the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab, has discussed the evacuation plans with the NiDCOM Secretary, Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi, who paid a visit to the Lebanese Embassy in Abuja.
The statement, which was titled, ‘30 stranded Nigerians in Lebanon rescued; 150 awaiting evacuation,’ said Diab gave the assurance that the 150 ladies would be returned home in batches. It added that the first batch of 110 will leave Beirut, Lebanon, on August 12 to Lagos while the second batch would be returned to Abuja on August 16.
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The statement also read in part, “The diplomat commended the efforts of the Lebanese community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of 55 of the girls.”
A break down showed that 41 of the girls hailed from Oyo State; 21 from Ogun, 12 from Lagos, 18 from Ondo, 26 from Osun, 3 from Imo, 9 from Kwara, 6 from Ekiti, and 3 from Delta, while Enugu, Kogi, Edo, Ebonyi, Benue, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Anambra all had one indigene each amongst the trafficked ladies.
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