July 16, 2024

Trafficked teenage girls return to Nigeria, to undergo counselling, rehabilitation

Ten Nigerian teenage girls have returned to Nigeria for comprehensive counselling and rehabilitation after they were recently rescued from prostitution in Ghana.

The young girls, aged 15 to 18, were reported to have been lured into prostitution in Ghana, after a series of videos went viral on X on June 6, 2024.

Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation in Ghana reportedly conducted the rescue of the 10 trafficked Nigerian teenagers.

The NiDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, through the commission’s spokesperson Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the girls arrived at the Lagos International Airport on Tuesday night, June 11, 2024, accompanied by representatives from the Imo State Governor’s office, including the Deputy Speaker and the Commissioner for Women Affairs, as well as staff from the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.

The girls, upon arrival, were received and profiled by officials from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

The NiDCOM Boss assured that NAPTIP would continue to monitor the girls’ progress and ensure they receive the necessary support and care.

According to her, “The girls arrived at Lagos International Airport on Tuesday night, accompanied by the representatives of the Imo State Governor (the deputy Speaker) and the Commissioner for Women Affairs and NiDCOM Staff.

“They were received and received by officials of NAPTIP.”

She added that they are now in the custody of the Imo and Plateau governments for proper counselling and rehabilitation, assuring that NAPTIP will follow up on their progress.

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