275 more Edo indigenes arrive from Libya

Benin, Dec. 7, 2017 (TNE) No fewer than 275 Edo indigenes on Wednesday arrived in Benin from Libya with assistance of the state government.

The Edo Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Yinka Omorogbe told newsmen in Benin that the number comprised 58 were girls, 215 boys and two infants.

Omorogbe, who is also chairman of the Edo state task force on human trafficking, said 1,100 Edo indigenes have been received from Libya since November.

She explained that rehabilitation process has commenced through giving them an on-the-spot medical attention to assess the level of their fitness.

She said: ”this is the seventh batch that we have so far received. We are going to keep them in the hotel for two nights after which we will reunite them with their families.

Omorogbe hinted that more indigenes are expected in Benin on Friday.

”Government has set up a programme to train them in different skills, and those who wish to return to school will be assisted to do so. In addition, government is also paying them monthly stipends for three months.”

According to the Attorney General, the problem of illegal migration is an international one, adding that the state government will continue to rehabilitate those who voluntarily return.

”A bill against trafficking in person is currently before the state house of assembly for consideration and passage.”

(TNE)

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