TVC E. Forty one Nigerian girls who were victims of human trafficking to Mali were On Monday deported to the country. Speaking in an interview, Abika Dabiri – Erewa,
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, said their evacuation was made possible with assistance from the Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Air Force, NAPTIP and relevant agencies of government .
Dabiri – Erewa said their return home was part of directive from President Buhari, who insisted that Nigerians stranded anywhere in te world should be assisted to return home .
She urged the returnees to make the best use of their lives as there was nothing tangible they were doing in Mali .
Erewa said there were many Nigerians that are stranded in Mali, who should be brought home.
She said prior to their evacuation NAPTIP officials had travelled to Mali for documentation and other logistics to ease the return of the girls.
Some of the girls complained of being allowed to take their belongings as they were literally brought home ” empty handed .”
She said the 41 girls are victims of trafficking by some powerful individuals .
She praised the Chief of Defence Staff , Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff for granted the aircraft to facilitate the evacuation of the girls .
They arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos aboard a military transport aircraft otherwise known as Hercules C139 marked with registration number Nigerian Air Force 913.
The aircraft landed at the Nigerian Air Force Hangar wing of the Lagos Airport about 7.25 pm. The deportation of the girls, was a fall out of collaboration between the Ministry of Defence , Nigerian Air Force, Office of the Senior Assistant to the President on Diaspora, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP) which evacuated the girls from Bamako, the Malian capital.
Some of the young ladies scantily dressed were grumbling as they were photographed while alighting from the military transport aircraft .