November 8, 2017

ITALY: Two Human Traffickers Arrested After 26 Nigerian Teenage Girls Found Dead While Crossing Mediterranean Sea. 😠 Read How Kidnappings And Islamic Terrorism Fuel Human Trafficking.

UPI News
written by Ray Downs
Tuesday November 7, 2017

Italian police arrested two men for allegedly trafficking 26 teenage girls from Nigeria who were found dead in the Mediterranean Sea, authorities said Tuesday.

The men were identified as Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar of Libya and Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid of Egypt, reported The Guardian. Both are accused of organizing the trafficking of at least 150 people whose boats sank while crossing the sea Sunday.

Rosa Maria Falasca, chief of staff at Salerno's prefecture, said police haven't made a direct connection between the men and the deaths of the girls, who authorities believe may have been abused and killed.

The girls, whose ages were between 14 and 18, were found dead when Spanish military ships arrived to rescue them Sunday.

The two men were arrested after migrants identified them as the skippers of the sunken boats, ANSA reported.

Falasca said police have doubts as to whether the girls were being trafficked to Europe as part of a sex operation, noting that sea crossings aren't a normal route sex traffickers take, according to Italian Insider.

Marco Rotunno, an Italy spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency, told The Guardian that violence against women and children is so widespread in human trafficking routes to Europe that 90 percent of women are affected by it.

"It's very rare to find a woman who hasn't been abused, only in exceptional cases, maybe when they are traveling with their husband," he said. "But also women traveling alone with their children have been abused."
The Daily Post, Nigeria
written by Don Silas
Wednesday November 8, 2017

Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), said on Tuesday that it was reaching out to the United Nations and authorities in Italy to identify and prosecute the traffickers behind the deaths of 26 Nigerian women on the Italian coast city of Salerno.

NAPTIP Director of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, disclosed this yesterday in a release, noting that the statistics of deaths of Nigerians, which had occurred as a result of illegal migration on the Mediterranean Sea, ran into thousands.

Emerole said that the deaths were one of the negative effects of embarking on “desperate, dangerous and illegal journeys in the guise of seeking for greener pastures abroad.”

He added, “Our agency is pained by this occurrence which has cut short the lives of our young women in their prime in suspicious circumstances.

“The deaths are untimely and unwarranted. We have mounted awareness campaigns against human trafficking and illegal migration and have consistently persuaded our citizens from embarking on life-threatening journeys through the desert and the Mediterranean Sea that can end up in organ harvesting, forced prostitution, domestic servitude, forced begging and death.

“We call for a high-level investigation by the United Nations Organisation on this incident. We need to know the identities of the owners of the rickety boats that carry people along the sea, so that they could be prosecuted appropriately. We will also engage the Italian authorities on this, with a view to knowing the Nigerians involved and applying the laws against them.”

It had been reported on Monday that the remains of 26 Nigerian women believed to be migrants were recovered from a Spanish warship, Cantabria, which docked in Salerno, and was found to be carrying 375 rescued migrants and the dead women.

The spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Marco Rotunno, had said the 26 dead Nigerians were involved in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya.
The Daily Post, Nigeria
written by Staff
Tuesday November 7, 2017

A pro-democracy and Non-governmental organization – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari and the hierarchy of the National Assembly to put practical measures in place to effectively combat the hydra headed monsters of kidnappings for ransom (KFR) and terrorism.

The Rights also charged the Hpuses of Assemblies of the 36 states to brace up to the challenge of the 21st century dynamics of sophisticated and organised crimes of kidnappings for ransom and terrorism which require both sophisticated technology and legal mechanisms to stamp out with a view to creating political stability and security of lives of the citizens which remains the irreducible minimum duty of government under the constitution.

The Rights group says the twin evils of kidnappings for ransom (KFR) and Islamic terrorism which have assumed larger-than-life dimensions across the country are directly responsible for the extraordinarily high rate of irregular migrations by young Nigerians and the concomitant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea.

“The high mortality rate in the Mediterranean sea of youngsters from Nigeria constitutes both global opprobrium and deny Nigeria of the scare human talents to turn around the global mess that contemporary Nigeria has become”.

HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) made the observations against the backdrops of the recent spike in armed kidnappings for ransom including the killing of a British missionary in the Niger Delta and also the reported deaths of 26 Nigerian women in the Mediterranean Sea which case is currently a subject of a legal inquisition by the Italian government.

But the Rights group said the central government alongside the 36 state governments and the National Assembly have prevaricated on the urgent need to enforce law – based mechanisms for combating two of the greatest social afflictions of contemporary times which are kidnapping for ransom by well-armed hoodlums and the resurgence of Islamic terrorism threatening the peace and stability of North East of Nigeria – a geographical area that is wider than France.

HURIWA believes that the involvement of hundreds -of- thousands of disaffected youngsters who are fleeing Nigeria could be checked if effective steps are adopted by all relevant agencies of government at both the national and sub-national levels to put to good use effective mechanisms to stamp out the two evils of terrorism and kidnappings.

HURIWA dismissed the straight jacketed perception that irregular migrations are fueled by tge collapsing national economy as intellectually lazy and challenged governmental think-tanks to come up with fresh ideas on how to encourage and motivate Nigerian youngsters to pursue their aspirations within the framework of regular and legal migration if they must export their special talents to generate the much needed foreign denominated currencies or stay back in a liberated and crime reduced Nigeria to realise those dreams without embarking on social and organised crimes.

“The National Assembly alongside the states’ Assemblies of the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory should meet as soon as possible to implement quick fix measures to amend relevant statutory provisions including the ambiguous anti-terrorism Act to include punitive provisions such as capital punishment for the offences of terrorism and kidnappings for ransom which are one and the same and which have constituted grave threats to national security of Nigeria and creating room for mass exodus of young Nigerians who are not confident in the capacity of existing law enforcement mechanisms to efficiently tackle and combat these social afflictions.”

The Rights group said police reforms are urgent and critical to have a national policing institutions with the required capacities and resources to combat these sophisticated crime driving up the rates of irregular but dangerous migrations. “Too much of lips’ service are paid to these two most dangerous factors causing large number of irregular but dangerous migrations”.

The Rights group blamed the Federal administration and the states mostly in the North East of Nigeria for doing practically nothing to quickly bring suspected terrorists to decisive trials and conviction but instead have chosen the politically suicidal measures of progressive releases of these hardened members of the boko haram terror network in the guise of rehabilitating and reintegrating them.

Also, on the rising cases of kidnappings, HURIWA said the central government must demonstrate good enough political will to galvanize the justice sector agencies of the 36 states so as to come up with uniform but effective judicial sanctions and to create fastrack justice administration system and the rebuilding of the prison system to effectively embark on widespread vigourous pursuits of armed kidnappers and terrorists.

HURIWA regretted that hundreds -of- young Nigerians fleeing from insecurity and instability in many parts of Nigeria have chosen the devil’s alternative of irregular but dangerous migration through Libya and lamentably, many of such young vulnerable Nigerians have fallen into the hands of human trafficking gangs in Libya who would end up wasting the lives of these Nigerians on the High seas.

“The lucky few who have been flown back to Lagos from captivity in Libya courtesy of the efforts of the United Nations office on international Migrations do often find their ways back to Libya to keep trying their lucks hoping to sail successfully into Eutopr through the roughs and tumbles of Mediterranean sea”.

“Let the presidency set up a department to fashion out implementable policies to economically empower young but desperate Nigerians so they are not exposed to the vulnerability and tempting deceptions churned out by internationally sophisticated human trafficking gangs.”

“Sadly, the Foreign Affairs ministry is too preoccupied with banal politics rather than realistically embark on time -tested and trusted strategic engagements with young Nigerians to try to dissuade many of them from adopting irregular and dangerous migration. The anti-irregular migration advocacy campaigns are not being waged by the relevant Foreign Affairs ministers but they are deeply involved in local politics of 2019 polls.”

The Rights group said the Federal Ministry of Foreign affairs must partner credible civil society groups to drive the process of waging effective advocacy media campaigns to check the rising ugly trends of irregular but dangerous migrations in Nigeria.

HURIWA recalled that three weeks after being kidnapped by Niger Delta militants in Delta State, a British national, identified as lan Squire, died in captivity.

However, three other Britons, who were taken along with the dead one, were freed and returned to Britain, the British High Commission confirmed in a mail to newsmen.

HURIWA recalled that records showed that lan Squire was one of four Britons forcefully taken at about 2am on October 13, prompting the Nigerian Government and the British High Commission to launch a spirited bid to free them.

Conversely, HURIWA recalled that Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 Nigerian women – most of them teenagers – whose bodies were recovered at sea.

HURIWA which cited a report by BBC, disclosed that there are suspicions that they may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.

Five migrants are being questioned in the southern port of Salerno, Italy.

The Rights group has therefore charged the presidency and the National Assembly to urgently organize national summits on the twin evils of terrorism and kidnappings for ransom with a view to resolving them and to implement enforceable measures to check the trends quickly and decisively.

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