By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja
The House of Representatives has called for inter agency collaboration to stop illegal migration of citizens in the country.
The call was made Wednesday at a hearing of the House Joint Committees on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights investigating cases of modern slavery in Libya.
In his presentation, Director, Legal and Prosecution of NAPTIP, Abdulrahim Shuaibi, said that the inhuman activities were being perpetuated by the syndicate in connivance with highly placed Nigerians.
Shuaibu informed that a female Pastor named Chioma who doubles as the owner of ‘Rich Travel Agency’ in Abuja, was arrested while attempting to facilitate the overseas travel for 36 Nigerian women to Saudi Arabia through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to him, most of the victims who travelled from Ilorin, Kwara State, were housed in hotels within Abuja metropolis, were arrested following tip-off from security agencies, while one of the travel agents ran away with their passports.
On his part, The Head of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, Illiya Fachano, noted that the situation had long been in existence.
Fachano’s assertion was supported by other agencies who gave accounts of the worrisome situation in Libya as a State with an unstable government and the role of Nigerians who were fingered as culpable in the dastardly act.
The Chairperson of the joint Committees, Hon. Nnena Elendu-Ukeje, said that the objective of the committee, following the disturbing report from Libya was to find ways of addressing the situation.
According to her, lack of inter-agency collaboration among various security agencies in the country is one of the numerous reasons for illegal migration of Nigerians to other countries.
“A situation where many of them either end up been killed or enslaved such as the recent revelation in Libya as reported by the Cable News Network (CNN) which has drawn world wide condemnation.”
Similarly, Chairman, Committee on Human Rights, Hon. Edward Pwajok, said that it was necessary for the country to find ways the security agencies can synergize to finally come out with a lasting solutions to the menace of human trafficking and illegal migration.
The committee has also requested more submissions on the situation in Libya by the various agencies as it continues with its findings.