Sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung has disclosed that a meeting will hold on Wednesday with National Agency For Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), following a recent warning raised by the body against illegal trips to the World Cup.
Dalung said he was alarmed to learn that some Nigerians are planning on using the World Cup to launch fresh immigration misnomers, which he said has become a global issue of recent, with several avoidable deaths occurring with each passing day.
To prevent a reoccurrence of such illegal trips and possible deaths of Nigerians taking advantage of the World Cup to perpetrate human trafficking, Dalung said a meeting has been fixed for Wednesday to involve the relevant bodies.
Consequently, Wednesday’s meeting will involve Nigeria’s head of immigrations, customs and other related agencies, as Dalung stressed that the warning from NAPTIP will not be taken with levity.
“We were happy to see the way Nigerians came from far and wide to support the Super Eagles in Saturday’s international friendly match against England, but we will not allow a situation whereby such noble efforts will be abused.
“We will meet on Wednesday to put heads together on how we will joins hands with NAPTIP to ensure that a corrupt few will not take advantage of the World Cup to perpetrate evil,” stressed Dalung, who promised more support for the Eagles’ success.