Most of them were deceitfully sold into slavery and their return home is also inglorious.

37 were deported from Mali, 25 from Burkina Faso and 6 from Ghana.

The victims were arrested by police in the three countries and handed over to Nigerian embassies.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) Acting Director General, Abdulrazak Dangiri disclosed that among those arrested in Mali were four suspected human traffickers.

“The four suspected traffickers from Mali are still under investigation to ascertain their level of involvement before charging them to court” he said.

The Acting DG said that the rescued victims would be counselled and rehabilitated by NAPTIP before handing them over to their relations.

Reacting to the recent deportation of Nigerians from Italy, Dangiri said most of the deportees committed drug related offences and some were illegal migrants.

He said that all victims in the agency’s custody are well taken care of in terms of their health and welfare, adding that some of them were even sponsored to return to school.