Over 100 Idogbo Secondary School students trafficked in four months – Edo State Government Aid
By Richard Okundia
Over 100 students of Idogbo Secondary School, Benin, have been trafficked to Libya in the last four months.
This was disclosed in Benin by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa.
Okoduwa declared this while fielding questions from Urhokpota Reporters in Benin City, stating that some teachers disclosed to him that the school has become a harvesting ground for traffickers. Speaking at the sensitization tour in Idogbo he said,
“Henceforth, report anyone who tells you to travel to Europe; they are simply taking you through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and you may eventually end up in Libya”. Continuing he said,
“The number of students that have been trafficked from your school in this short period is overwhelming.”
“The truth is that many of them; over 100 might have been imprisoned there or facing one challenge or the other.” he added.
Further more he said, “Taking the route of the Sahara Desert and other illegal routes is hellish. Many died of hunger, many were drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in search of greener pastures.” Continue he said,
“Worst still, the families of those people that died on their journey were made to pay for the travel expenses; when unknown to them, their loved ones have gone to the great beyond”. In Conclusion he charged them to travel in a legitimate way if they choose to travel. In his words, “If anyone tells you to travel abroad through Libya, tell him or her capital ‘NO’. If you must travel for any reason, travel the right way.”