Dame Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has disclosed that 10,500 Nigerians have been rescued so far from Libya.
She added that the International Organization for Migration (IMO) has repatriated over 7000 Nigerians, while the federal government has had 3,500 rescued.
She revealed that 359 convictions against traffickers have been achieved by the agency since inception and 43 this year alone.
The NAPTIP boss that 10 potential Russia- bound human trafficking victims were rescued at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on their way out of the country.
Okah-Donli said, during her interaction with Journalism, in Abuja at a press conference to mark the agencies 15th anniversary and the 2018 World day against human trafficking, that the agency has sent a letter to the Ministry of Sports, inviting people who returned from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to report at its office.
“With regards to Libya, so far we gave been able to rescue 3,500, IOM has rescued over 7,000 and it is a work in progress. So giving figures might not be doing justice because almost every week we have returnees to Nigeria. So it is not easy to just pin a figure at it because we may get a plane tomorrow or next.
“For the reintegration of the victims, we have 10 shelters. We give them psychosocial support, those who want to go to school were given the opportunity and those who want to acquire some skills, they do that. We reintegrate them back into the society at the end of the day.” she said.