Some Nigerians being used as terrorists in Libya – Shehu Sani

A senator from Kaduna State and Vice Chairman , Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs , Shehu Sani, has decried the spate of human trafficking in the country , saying some Nigerians were being used for terrorist activities in Libya .
Sani said this in Abuja during a visit to the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons , Julie Okah - Donli .
The senator, who is also the Chairman , Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debt , said the fight against human trafficking in Nigeria deserved the same attention given to the fight against corruption and insurgency .
According to a release by the NAPTIP Head , Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole , on Sunday , the senator said human trafficking had become a great threat to national security and undermined Nigeria ’s sovereignty .
Sani said, “ Nigerian youths are being trafficked to Italy en route Niger Republic and Libya to Europe and so on . Some of them stop over in Libya , where they are engaged in terrorist activities , while those trafficked to Italy are involved in sex slavery . Each time , a tragedy occurs from human trafficking , it affects everyone of us .
“ This is because if an individual that is trafficked to Libya joins the ISIS or Al - Qaida group , such individuals may come back to the country after the training , to perpetuate evil . This is dangerous .
“ It is shameful that after 300 years of the abolition of slavery internationally , Africans are still dying in the sea in the name of human trafficking . It is also worrisome that unlike times past when Africans were forced to get on the boat, nobody presently forces us to get on the ship . Almost six decades of our political independence, we are still talking about trafficking . ”
The NAPTIP DG , Okah - Donli , said despite the “ insufficient funds ” allocated to the agency , a lot of awareness creation and prosecution was being done on trafficking .
“ The envelope system of funding for NAPTIP will never be enough because we deal with a crime with international dimension and huge implications for the country . The situation is so bad that my officers and men sometimes contribute money to take care of the victims of trafficking in our shelters , ” Okah - Donli added .