The Federal Government has evacuated forty-one Nigerian girls who were trafficked to Mali for forced labour and sexual exploitation.
Six persons, alleged to be human traffickers, were also arrested and brought back to the country alongside their victims.
The military aircraft, conveying the returnees landed yesterday night at the Airforce Base of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
They were brought back by the Nigeria Air Force in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant, Diaspora and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
They were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service.
Addressing newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, commended the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, for facilitating the return of the victims back to the country.
She said of the girls are between fifteen and seventeen years old who thought they were being taken to Europe for greener pastures but ended up with traumatic experiences in the hands of their traffickers