Reports have it that 5,500 Nigerians are to be deported from Mali and Libya as a result of various migration offences ranging from Human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, and non possession of valid travel documents. These deportees will be arriving in batches from these countries. Vanguard online reported that the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP Julie Okah-Donli, made this disclosure on Wednesday, May 11,during her maiden visit at the agency’s zonal command in Lagos. While 500 will be deported from Lybia, beginning from today, another 5000 will be deported from Mali.
According to Mrs. Okah-Donali, the 5000 victims to be deported from Mali are mainly victims of m human trafficking who were awaiting evacuation back home. Vanguard online reported that the NAPTIP boss described the trend of deportation of Nigerians from different parts of the world in recent time as frightening, adding that she called for the need to provide an attractive environment that would keep people gainfully employed in Nigeria. “Between February and April, this year, no fewer than 1,134 Nigerians were deported from different parts of the world for various offences. Out of the number, 905 were deported from Libya in five batches, 115 from Italy in four batches, 41 from Mali; 26 from Burkina Faso; 14 from Ghana ; 22 from the United Arab Emirate; one from Cameroon; 8 from Cote-Ivore and two from Togo,” Mrs. Okah-Donali said.
We agree that this story is disturbing and that people seem to be attempting to leave Nigeria for greener pastures apparently because of economic recession. People fall victim to human traffickers thinking there is greener pasture outside the country. But the question is how can you agree to follow somebody to a country you are sure your own country is 100 times better than? We know some of the victims may have been told they would be taken to Europe or USA from some of these countries. But some actually went to these countries for “greener pasture”. Please look at the countries that these 5,500 deportees are returning from and let us know what you would be offered to go there for “greener” pastures. What do you think is responsible for the massive attempt to leave Nigeria and sneak into other countries no matter the condition of things there?