FG sets up panel to investigate death of 26 teenage girls who died on the sea

The Federal Government has set up a cabinet committee to investigate the circumstances of the death of 26 teenage Nigerian migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean in early November.

Background: 26 girls had died en-route Europe in the Mediterranean, sparking diverse reactions from all over the world.

Back to the matter: A Presidency source on Friday debunked the allegations that the government had not reacted to the death of the girls believed to have drowned at sea, saying the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had kept tracking the incident and regularly briefed them (Presidency).

The official said the government committee is expected to also examine the reports of incidents of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery and report to the Federal Executive Council within the week.

The committee has as members the Ministers of Women Affairs, Youth, Foreign Affairs; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora.

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