Nigeria’s government has taken it upon themselves to repatriate a large number of its citizens who were tricked into buying football World Cup passes to travel to Russia for the world cup 2018. This was declared by the president’s spokesperson on Monday.
Few of them spent days sleeping at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport while others were subjected to staying the country’s embassy in the Russian capital. They had purchased Fan IDs for $700(250,000), which served as visas for the duration of the tournament, with the hope of securing work or even professional football contracts. Others claimed they came to watch the tournament but they said the bogus travel agencies cancelled their return flights and kept the cash to themselves.
The director-general of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli, said they were aware of the situation and were investigating. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson revealed in a statement that the foreign and aviation ministries had taken the necessary actions to bring the Nigerians back.