Trafficking: ECOWAS Members Urged To Facilitate Repatriation Of Citizens From Libya

ECOWAS member States are called to facilitate the repatriation of it’s citizens being trafficked in Libya.

The president of Senegal Macky Sall made the call at the second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Tuesday in Abuja.

President Macky Sall noted that Libya has been a transit and destination country for men and women from Sub-Saharan Africa trafficked for the purposes of forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation.

He stressed the need for member countries to enhance collaboration towards the fight against illegal migration, human trafficking and modernised slavery.

Kapital FM correspondent Uju Oparaji reports that,  Sall further called on all African governments to put measures in place to ensure perpetrators of such acts were brought to book.

He said “it is a pure form of violation of human rights that should not go unpunished. These acts should be brought before the International Court to dismantle the clandestine networks”.

President Sall also urged member States and all ECOWAS institutions to facilitate the implementation of protocols that would remove barriers to integration and enhance development.

According to him,  “when we talk about development, we should be in the forefront; we cannot continue to count on foreigners for our development”.

Earlier, President of the Nigerian Senate Bukola Saraki who was represented by his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to the implementation of the various protocols aimed at achieving greater regional integration.

He further called for an International Conference on the situation in Nigeria’s North-East, to bring succour to the region and alleviate the sufferings of those caught in the resultant humanitarian crisis.

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