One Maria Oda was arrested by security operatives in Libya
The woman was accused of running a human trafficking business
– She will be tried in Libya and if guilty will serve time in a Nigerian prison
The Libyan government has arrested one Maria Oda for running a human trafficking business I the country.
The Nigerian government has been making efforts to bring back its citizens stuck in Libya due to human trafficking.
The Nation reports that Oda who is also known in Tripoli as Hajiya Aisha is believed to have trafficked more than 80 girls from Nigeria to Libya.
Mr Paul Eke who is one of the Libyan returnees spoke on Sunday, January 14 called on the government to do more to bring back Nigerians who were still stuck in Libya.
He said: “I stayed in Zawe Superata, this place is like an exit point to Italy and so many Nigerians are still being imprisoned there.”
According to sources, Maria has been running the business for years and is expected to b tried in Tripoli.
The source said: “After being trailed for many months, she was arrested. Her profile showed that she is from Akwa Ibom. She is using the fake name Hajiya Aisha.
“She runs a human trafficking ring in Tripoli and she has remained in the business for many years. She had up to 80 girls under her control. She is detained in Tajoura Detention Centre in Tripoli.
“The Libyan government has lined up three of her victims as witnesses during her trial. Immediately the affected girls complete their testimony, they will be evacuated to Nigeria.
The Federal Government delegation was briefed about the nefarious activities of Maria Oda.
“I think if the agreement between Libya and the Federal Government is firmed up, the suspect may serve her jail term in a Nigerian prison.”
“The federal government has been working in collaboration with Libyan authorities to track down those behind trafficking to the Arab country through Niger Republic.”
A member of Nigeria’s delegation said: “We are aware of the arrest of the suspect, we have been told. We are awaiting the outcome of her trial.”
Meanwhile, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) arrested two persons among those repatriated to Nigeria from Libya.
Vanguard reports that the two persons were arrested on the suspicion of being involved in human trafficking.
Julie Okah-Donli who is the director-general of the agency explained on Thursday, January 11, that the duo were under investigation and that one of them has been transferred to NAPTIP’s Lagos zonal command for questioning.