Senate seeks probe of death of 26 Nigerian girls on Mediterranean Sea

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WorldStage Newsonline—The Senate has blamed the government for the harsh economic situation in the country for the death of ‎26 teenage Nigerian girls who died in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Italy on Sunday.

 The Upper Chamber has therefore  mandated it’s committee on Diaspora, Foreign Affairs and Special Duties to investigate the circumstances leading to the murder of 26 young Nigerian girls‎.

 This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Rose Okoh from Cross Rivers North ‎who brought to the attention of the Senate the story of the dead bodies of 26 Nigerian girls of ages 14 to 18 discovered in a Spanish war ship ‎”CANTABRIA”.

 She called on the Senate to take proactive measures and go beyond mere feelings of horror to taking urgent steps towards addressing the root causes of the mass exodus of Nigerians to Europe

 In his contribution, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) ‎who also condemned in strong term the death of the teenage girls, called on government to provide a conducive environment for development of youths in the country.

Senator Andrew Uchendu, in his contribution to the motion advised the Senate to carry out a thorough investigation of the matter as a parliament and gather enough information before taking any further steps.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who also condemned the tragedy, advised government at the federal and state levels to tackle the rising rate of unemployment in the country, and provide basic needs.

Meanwhile, an Egyptian and a Libyan National had been reportedly arrested by the Italian authorities in connection with the incidence.

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