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Dabiri-Erewa’s Mission to Aid Nigerian Girls in Ghana: Championing the Fight Against Human Trafficking

In a commendable act of leadership and compassion, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), recent

  Dabiri-Erewa’s Mission to Aid Nigerian Girls in Ghana: Championing the Fight Against Human Trafficking



In a commendable act of leadership and compassion, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), recently embarked on a crucial mission to Ghana. Her visit was not a routine diplomatic engagement but a daring rescue operation to aid Nigerian girls who found themselves in a dire situation far from home.

The plight of these young women came to light when a series of distressing videos surfaced online, revealing that they had been lured into prostitution under the false promise of employment as salesgirls. The victims, primarily teenagers aged between 15 to 18, were stranded and exploited in a foreign land, their dreams turned into nightmares.

Swiftly responding to this humanitarian crisis, Dabiri-Erewa led a delegation to Ghana, where they successfully rescued ten Nigerian girls. This operation, a testament to her firm stance against modern-day slavery, was conducted in collaboration with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Ghana, various stakeholders, and local authorities.

During her visit, Dabiri-Erewa met with the rescued girls, offering them solace and assurance of support. She commended the efforts of Chief Calistus Elozieuwa, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation in Ghana, and his team for their swift action.

The rescue operation was a coordinated effort involving representatives from the Imo State Government, the Eze Igbo of Ghana, and the Acting Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Amb. Adeoye Ifedayo. The collective efforts underscored the importance of international cooperation in combating human trafficking.

Dabiri-Erewa did not mince words during her visit, declaring a war against human traffickers. She emphasized the need for a permanent solution to eradicate this heinous crime and urged parents to be vigilant about their children’s whereabouts.

The rescued girls are set to receive counselling and rehabilitation from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons before being reunited with their families. The governments of Imo and Plateau States have pledged their full support for the welfare and rehabilitation of these young women.

This incident has shone a spotlight on the pervasive issue of human trafficking and the vulnerability of the youth to such deceitful practices. Dabiri-Erewa’s proactive approach serves as a beacon of hope and a call to action for all stakeholders to intensify their efforts in protecting the innocent and prosecuting the perpetrators.

As the world watches, the resolve of NIDCOM and its partners in this battle against trafficking sends a powerful message: the exploitation of the vulnerable will not be tolerated, and every effort will be made to safeguard the dignity and rights of every Nigerian, at home and abroad.


Keywords: Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NIDCOM, human trafficking, rescue operation, Nigerian girls, Ghana, international cooperation, rehabilitation, fight against slavery.

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