Tuesday, 7 November 2017

26 Nigerian Female Migrants sexually abused & murdered in Mediterranean Sea | Libya deports 149 Nigerians, 975 in five weeks

Italian prosecutors are looking into circumstances surrounding the deaths of 26 Nigerian female migrants at sea.

According to BBC, a Spanish warship Cantabria docked in the southern part of Salemo carrying 375 migrants along with the dead women.

There are suspicions that the girls may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.

Five of the surviving migrants are however being questioned to get details on what happened to the women who were mostly aged 14-18.

Majority of the survivors were Sub-Saharan Africans from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, The Gambia & Sudan.

90 women (8 pregnant) were among the survivors along with 52 children. Some Libyan men and women were also among the rescued.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received 149 stranded Nigerians deported from Libya.

The 29 adult females, 115 adult males and five children, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7.35pm.

Director-General, Mustapha Maihajja said the total number of stranded Nigerians brought back to the country are 975 in the last five weeks.

Maihajja, who was represented by the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Suleiman Yakubu, at the airport said parents should discourage their children against such practices.

“Parents should discourage their children from travelling out of the country as the only option to get better life,” he said.

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