In a swift response, the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon has rescued 30 Nigerians in a video appealing for help and has also relocated them to a more conducive apartment.
This was disclosed by the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Houssam Diab when he played host to the Management of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), led by the Secretary Egnr. Dr Sule Yakubu Bassi in their Embassy in Abuja.
He also said, the rescued girls will be part of 150 others trafficked and stranded in Lebanon to be evacuated back to Nigeria.
Ambassador Diab further stated that the 150 girls will be returned home in batches. The first batch of 110 will leave Beirut, Lebanon on 12th August, 2020 to Lagos while the Second Batch will be returned to Abuja on 16th August, 2020.
The Diplomat also commended the efforts of the Lebanese Community and the Oyo State Government who is sponsoring the return of Fifty-five (55) of the girls.
In his response, the Secretary to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Dr Sule Yakubi Bassi on behalf of the Chairman/CEO NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa applauded the excellent ties existing between Nigeria and Lebanon and urged both countries to sustain the cordial relationship.
Dr Bassi also commended the dedication and commitment of Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon Amb. Goni Madu Zanna Bura, Mission staff, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oyo and Ogun State Governments, and other strategic partners.
As part of the Nigerian Embassy’s Consular responsibility, the ladies on the said video that went viral and many other distressed Nigerian domestic workers were located and relocated to a more safer place.
A break down of the evacuees shows:
- Oyo State—— 41
- Ogun — 21
- Lagos — 12
- Ondo — 18
- Osun — 26
- Imo — 3
- Kwara– 9
- Enugu — 1
- Ekiti — 6
- Kogi — 1
- Edo — 1
- Delta — 3
- Ebonyi — 1
- Benue — 1
- Abia — 1
- Akwa Ibom — 1
- Anambra — 1