President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted a cabinet committee to probe the circumstances that led to the recent death of 26 Nigerian migrants in the Mediterranean.
The committee is also saddled with the responsibility of examining recent reports of the sale of Nigerian citizens through slavery.
A Presidency official disclosed this to journalists in Abuja on Friday.
The official said there was no truth in the claim that the government had not reacted to the death of the girls believed to have drowned at sea.
According to him, the cabinet committee is being chaired by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Members of the committee include the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Aisha Alhassan; Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyeama; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been on the issue and had briefed the Presidency on a regular basis since the time the tragic incident came to limelight.
“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 week,” the official said.
When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, told reporters that he was aware of the setting up of the committee.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )