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FG to evacuate 22 Nigerians girls from Lebanon

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has located the 22 girls ,earlier captured on a viral video with hood on their faces in a small room in Lebanon, following their outcry for the government’s help.

It was learnt that the girls which are not fewer than 22 have been moved to another location.

According to a tweet by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), they will be evacuated back home along with 150 others.

NIDCOM in the tweet stated, “The girls have been located, rescued and moved to another location by the Nigerian mission in Lebanon. They will return along with about 150 others awaiting evacuation from Lebanon”.

With regrets, the ladies, in a video, said ,“We are stranded. Please, we are pleading. We need your help. We are living and sleeping in one room.

“We regret coming to this place (Lebanon); we want to return to our father’s land. Please help us,” they lamented to the Nigerian government.

The girls said they have been homeless as they had been evicted from their temporary house.

The voice in the video also claimed that three of them are sick and risk dying because no hospital would admit them for treatment without their national passport, as they have been seized.

She said, “We left our madam and are living here, but the landlord of this house has sent us out, saying we should not come back. We are stranded; we don’t have anywhere to go to.

“Three of us are sick now; they can’t be treated without their passports. The passports are with their bosses.”

The ladies claimed that the Nigerian Embassy in Lebanon had shunned their calls for help. They also said the embassy officials did not allow them to see the ambassador.

Comfort revealed that she applied for the evacuation flight from Lebanon but that the Nigerian embassy did not list her name among those to return to Nigeria.

“I registered for evacuation on July 3 and since then; three evacuation flights have left Lebanon.

“The embassy is not doing anything to help us. We are your children; we need to go back to our country. We need all the help we can get. We want Nigerians to come to our aid.”

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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