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Girls rescued in Imo, in Plateau custody, NiDCOM says

Ten Nigerian teenage girls, recently rescued from Ghana, returned to Nigeria for comprehensive counseling and rehabilitation, Sunday PUNCH has learned.

In a series of videos that went viral on X (formerly Twitter) on June 6, the girls, aged 15 to 18, were allegedly lured and trafficked into prostitution in Ghana.

The rescue of the 10 trafficked Nigerian teenagers was reportedly carried out by Nigerians from the diaspora organization in Ghana.

Respond to requests for information from Sunday PUNCH, NiDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, through the commission's spokesperson, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the girls arrived at the Lagos International Airport on the night of Tuesday, June 11, 2024, accompanied by representatives from the office of the Imo State Governor, including the Vice President and the Commissioner for Women Affairs, as well as staff of the Commission.

Upon arrival, the girls were greeted and profiled by officials from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

The NiDCOM boss noted that NAPTIP will continue to monitor the progress of the girls and ensure that they receive the necessary support and care.

She said: “The girls arrived at the Lagos International Airport on Tuesday evening, accompanied by representatives of the Imo State Governor (the Vice President), the Commissioner for Women Affairs and NiDCOM staff.

“They were received by NAPTIP officials. They are now in the custody of Imo and Plateau for proper counseling and rehabilitation. NAPTIP will monitor them.

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