According to source at presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a cabinet committee which will probe the circumstances that led to the recent death of 26 Italy-bound Nigerian girl migrants in the Mediterranean.
Part of the responsibilities of the committee is to examine recent reports of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery.
The Presidency official disclosed to the journalists in Abuja on Friday that there was no truth in the claim that the government had not reacted to the death of the girls believed to have drowned at sea.
According to him, the cabinet committee is being chaired by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Members of the committee include the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan; Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The official revealed that, “The government committee is expected to also examine the reports of incidents of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery and report to the Federal Executive Council within one week.”
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, told journalists that he was aware of the setting up of the committee.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, while commiserating with the families and friends of the drowned migrants restated the Senate’s resolve to ensuring justice for the families and loved ones of the 26 dead girl migrants.
In a post on his social media platforms on Friday evening, Saraki stated that the Senate would continue to push for a declaration of a state of emergency on youth unemployment.
Saraki who wrote via is twitter account said “My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the 26 Nigerian women and girls who died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
“They were laid to rest today in Salerno, Italy. May their souls rest in peace.
“As we stated in our November 9, 2017 resolution, the Nigerian Senate will not stop until justice is done and a proper investigation is conducted by Italian authorities on the death of the 26 Nigerian women.
“We will continue to urge the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on youth unemployment as we collectively work to come up with more proactive measures to engage our young people.
“We urge the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service to work together to devise a comprehensive strategy to combat this menace of illegal migration and human trafficking.”