Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, Tuesday, at the weekly PTF briefing on COVID-19, said the first set of Nigerians anxious to return to the country would be evacuated soon.

Fifty female victims of trafficking and 19 other persons who were stranded in Lebanon have been evacuated to Nigeria.

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, who made the announcement, said they arrived in the country on Sunday.

He acknowledged the support of the Lebanese government and the Lebanese community in Nigeria in ensuring safe evacuation of the affected persons.

“With the financial and logistic support of the Lebanese Government and Lebanese community in Nigeria, 50 trafficked Nigerian girls and 19 stranded Nigerians were successfully evacuated from #Lebanon and arrived Nigeria today,” he tweeted.

“Profound gratitude to Ambassador Houssam Diad, Lebanese Ambassador in Nigeria and Ambassador Goni Zannabura, Nigerian Ambassador in Lebanon.”

No further details were given on the evacuees.


The announcement comes weeks after the rescue of a Nigerian female victim of trafficking in Lebanon, after she was put up for sale on a social media platform.

On April 28, 2020, Peace Ufuoma, a Nigerian lady, who was trafficked and later advertised for sale on Facebook by Wael Jerro, a Lebanese man, was rescued by the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon.

Jerro was also arrested by the Lebanese government

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