Foreign Mission News

30 Stranded Nigerians in Lebanon Rescued, Among 120 Others Awaiting Evacuation

Nigerians in a video appealing for help have been rescued by the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon, and have been relocated to a more conducive apartment.

They will be part of One Hundred and Fifty others trafficked and stranded in Lebanon to be evacuated back to Nigeria.

The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Houssam Diab disclosed the evacuation plans when the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, led by the Secretary, Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi visited the Embassy in Abuja.

Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab and NIDCOM Secretary Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi
Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab (left) and NIDCOM Secretary Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi during the visit.

Ambassador Diab stated that the One Hundred and fifty (150) girls will be returned home in batches.

The first batch of One Hundred and Ten(110) will leave Beirut, Lebanon on 12th, August, 2020 to Lagos while the Second Batch will be returned to Abuja on 16th, August, 2020.

The Diplomat commended the efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo
State Government who is sponsoring the return of Fifty-five(55) of the girls.

In the same vein, the Secretary to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Dr Sule Yakubi Bassi on behalf of the Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa applauded the excellent ties existing between Nigeria and Lebanon and urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.

Dr Bassi also commended the dedication and commitment of Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura, Mission staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun State Governments,and other strategic partners.

As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies on the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a more safer place.

The 150 stranded victims from 17 states in of Nigeria are expected to be evacuated next week and handed over to NAPTIP, the agency responsible for trafficking.

A break down shows that 41 of them are from Oyo State, 21 from Ogun, 12 from Lagos 18 from Ondo, 26 from Osun, 3 from Imo, 9 from Kwara and 1 from Enugu.

Others are Ekiti – 6, Kogi – 1, Edo – 1, Delta – 3, while Ebonyi, Benue, Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Anambra has one stranded person each.

 

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