FG To Probe Trafficking Of Stranded Nigerians To Russia

Stranded Nigerians returning to the country.

The Federal Government says it will investigate suspected human trafficking in the case of the 155 Nigerian football fans who got stranded in Russia after the World Cup tournament.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, revealed this to reporters on Friday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja after receiving the returnees.

Onyeama said after a discussion with the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Julie Okah–Donli, it was clear that there were possible cases of human trafficking among the returnees.

He added that an investigation would also be launched into an allegation that some travel agents cancelled the return tickets of the football fans without informing them, leaving them stranded in the European country.

The stranded Nigerians, who besieged the nation’s embassy in Moscow on July 12, were safely returned to the country following a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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