Journalists Forum Cries out for Stranded Nigerians in Saudi Arabia
Days after the Journalists International Forum for Migration (JIFORM) raised the alarm over the critical situation of some trafficked 30 Nigerian ladies stranded in Lebanon, the body has again uncovered another set of Nigerians in hundreds allegedly battling with similar fate in Saudi Arabia.
JIFORM President, Ajibola Abayomi, in statement made available to the media on Sunday said the body had profile of 138 ladies allegedly trafficked to the Arabian nation by a company identified as TTCO.
Some of the names on list included 23 years old Amina Idris an indigene of Kano whose passport is being withheld by her host, Atanda Easter Idowu, 42 with passport number A09118374; Salawu Yetunde Victoria, 37, with passport number A08233422 both from Oyo State and Gift Israel Johnnu, 25, with passport number A09136678 from Rivers State.
He said the revelation was unraveled in the data made available to JIFORM by the Rescue Africans In Slavery (RAIS), a foundation advocating against human trafficking and child labour.
“We commend the spirited effort of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for picking the bills of 55 victims out of 120 list of trafficked ladies in Lebanon recently released by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).
“Since we launched rescue campaign that led to the rescue of the 30 girls and others in Lebanon by the Nigerian government, several international agencies had been reaching out to us and we have been directing them to relate with the National Agency for Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) accordingly. JIFORM is committed to humanitarian service and we are willing to do more” Ajibola stated.
Calling for another prompt attention from the Federal Government, the JIFORM President said some of the ladies at different locations in the country were in critical health condition and needed to be attended to in good time.
Also worried by the situation, the Executive Director of RAIS, Ms Omotola Fawunmi said although the temporal arrangement had been made to give the ladies first aid treatment in Saudi Arabia, however pleaded for action to save the lives of the victims of human trafficking.
One of the victims who spoke under anonymity, an English and Social Studies graduate from Adeniran Ogunsanya Colleague of Education, Lagos state while appealing for help said all efforts to get the attention of the Nigerian ambassador in Saudi Arabia had proved abortive as non- English speaking staff placed as front desk officers refused to give them attention.
The 26 years old lady who said she was on salary equivalent of N70, 000 per month lamented that she was fed up with hash treatments being meted to her by her host.
The Ogun state indigene said she applied as a teacher through her agents over two years ago only to be given out as house maid when she arrived at the country.