At least 11,600 migrants of Nigerian origin – living illegally abroad – are currently facing repatriation from different parts of the world, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally-Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) said on Wednesday.
This disclosure was made by the Federal Commissioner for NCFRMI, Mrs. Sadiya Umar-Farouk.
She said this when the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, met with heads of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and NCFRMI at the State House, Abuja, to review the condition of Nigerian migrants in different parts of the world.
In his opening remark before the meeting went into a closed-door session, Osinbajo recalled the comment of the President that all Nigerians stranded in the hostile country would be given an opportunity to return to the country.
The VP also recalled the administration’s commitment to ensure that young Nigerians are no longer exposed to danger of wandering in the desert and eventual attempt to cross the sea.
Osinbajo further said it was expedient that Nigerian youths are sensitized on the danger involved when attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea for greener pasture oversea – after being brainwashed by unscrupulous individuals.
He said it had become imperative for them to review the situation and take a position on how to halt the trend.