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Nigerians repatriated from Benin Republic go back – Envoy

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The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Olukayode Aluko, has said that some Nigerians repatriated from the Republic of Benin for one reason or the other do find their way back to the country.

This is as the envoy says some commercial sex workers and ‘yahoo boys’ (Internet fraudsters) in the neighbouring country are of Nigerian nationality.

Aluko, in a conversation with our correspondent on Sunday, while partially addressing the ‘japa’ trend, said on the average, tens of Nigerians were often arrested by the Beninese authorities on a daily basis.

“Among them are young girls, prostitutes – 13 years old, 14 years old, and 19 years old,” he said.

Speaking on what the Federal Government was doing to address the situation, he said, “We are engaging. We know it may be out of frustration, how do you stop that? Most times, we would ensure the release of some of them.”

“They become burden of the embassy. They talk to us, and what we do is (find how to) make their way back to Nigeria, but we’ve had instances where we repatriate them. The host authorities cooperate with us, but then, they come back to do the same thing,” he told The PUNCH.

“There is no Beninese you see that is into prostitution, so its so easy to know that these people are either from Nigeria or other countries, and in most cases they are Nigerians,” he added.

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