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A Cypriot journal, Esra Aygin has said that Nigerians are subjected to trafficking, sex slavery, and abuses including killings by their compatriots in Cyprus.
Aygin who is a correspondent with Reporters Without Borders and former reporter at the Associated Press and Bloomberg, explained that most of them who are students travelled to Cyprus, engaged in such criminal activities following many promises their fellow Nigerians made to them but eventually did not work out.
The journalist revealed this in reaction to a statement by the Chairperson, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa that Nigerians should avoid Northern Cyprus where they become victims of murder.
Aygin said, “Nigerians who reside in Cyprus deceive unsuspecting fellowmen to come with the promise of heaven on earth.
“They promise them migrating to countries under European Union, job opportunities and money. Agents, who themselves have been students here, and who are called ‘mama’ deceive students with false promises of schools and jobs.
“The students are told they would be going on to a EU member state, that they will have job opportunities and make a lot of money in euros.
“They are made to pay for their tickets and rent upfront, and they end up coming here already indebted.
She wrote as a guest columnist in Cyprus Mail on Saturday themed ‘Nigerians are both victims and perpetrators of crime in north’ that “Usually, the students, who come here, are poor students, who cannot afford to go to Europe or America.
According to her, these students usually spend all their family’s savings to come here. In a short time, they realise that the scholarships or jobs promised to them were false, that life is expensive, and that they cannot survive here unless they (sometimes illegally) make money. This leads them to fall into the hands of criminal groups.
“Today, many illegal activities including money laundering are carried out by Nigerians, who have come into the country on student visas, but who have nothing to do with schools here.
“These people are spending lavishly and laundering serious amounts of money in this country.”
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