Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has announced the evacuation of fifty female victims of trafficking and 19 other persons who were stranded in Lebanon back to Nigeria.
Onyeama in his statement said these persons arrived in the country on Sunday, May 24.
Onyeama appreciated the support of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria in ensuring safe evacuation of the affected persons.
Profound gratitude to Ambassador Houssam Diad, Lebanese Ambassador in Nigeria and Ambassador Goni Zannabura, Nigerian Ambassador in Lebanon. #StayHomeSaveLives #COVID19 #EidAlfitr #EidMubarak @NigeriaGov @DigiCommsNG
— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) May 24, 2020
“With the financial and logistic support of the Lebanese Government and Lebanese community in Nigeria, 50 trafficked Nigerian girls and 19 stranded Nigerians were successfully evacuated from #Lebanon and arrived Nigeria today,” he tweeted.
“Profound gratitude to Ambassador Houssam Diad, Lebanese Ambassador in Nigeria and Ambassador Goni Zannabura, Nigerian Ambassador in Lebanon.”
No further details were given on the evacuees.
The announcement comes weeks after the rescue of a Nigerian female victim of trafficking in Lebanon, after she was put up for sale on a social media platform.
On April 28, 2020, Peace Ufuoma, a Nigerian lady, who was trafficked and later advertised for sale on Facebook by Wael Jerro, a Lebanese man, was rescued by the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon.
Jerro was also arrested by the Lebanese government.