About 5,000 stranded in Lebanon – NAPTIP

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About 5,000 Nigerians are stranded in Lebanon, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) confirmed to Channels Television on Saturday.

The agencyโ€™s Director-General, Julie Okah-Donli said this while confirming a viral video of stranded Nigerian ladies in Lebanon calling out to the government and eminent Nigerians to help evacuate them from the Middle-East country.

Lebanon is mired in its worst economic crisis in decades, with the downturn sparking soaring inflation and plunging almost half the countryโ€™s population into poverty.

However many Nigerians are being trafficked into the country with the promise of good, well-paid jobs.

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โ€œAbout 150 of them have been captured, including the girls in the video, for evacuation,โ€ Okah-Donli said.

But the cost of chartering a flight amid coronavirus-induced lock-downs across the world โ€œis not cheap,โ€ the NAPTIP chief added.

โ€œWhen these ones are airlifted, another batch will cry for help,โ€ she said. โ€œThe Federal Government can not fund this alone.โ€

Okah-Donli said she will meet with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Farouq on Monday and work with State Governments to help facilitate the evacuation of the ladies.


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