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FG Interrogates Italy Over Hurried Burial Of 26 Teenage Girls Found Dead In A Spanish Warship

FG Interrogates Italy Over Hurried Burial Of 26 Teenage Girls Found Dead In A Spanish Warship

Italy To Provide Reasons For The Hurried Burial Of 26 Teenagers Found Dead In A Spanish Warship

The Federal  Government of Nigeria has questioned the Italian government over the burial of 26 teenage girls whose dead bodies were discovered in a Spanish warship  Cantabria, in the Mediterranean Sea.

The FG is insisting that Italian government must give reasons as to why it went ahead to bury the migrants earlier than the date agreed by both parties.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed that just three of the girls are Nigerians at the time of the burial.

She further claimed that enough time was not given by the Italian government to ensure the identity of the girls and that the Nigerian Federal Government is ready to carry out an investigation as to why the Italian government hurriedly buried the girls.

Corpse of the girls

Archbishop Luigi Moretti (L) and Imam Abderrhmane Es Sbaa (C) lead the inter-religious funeral service for 26 teenage migrant girls found dead in the Mediterranean sea

In her words, “It was shocking to watch the burial of these migrants on television, I think on November 17, because the information from the Italian Embassy to NAPTIP was the fact that these girls would be buried on November 26″.

“We are asking the Italian authorities, and we have communicated a letter through the Italian Embassy here in Nigeria, why these girls were buried earlier”.

She added that “Secondly, where are the results of the pathological tests that were done?  Who conducted the DNA tests?  And how do we now identify that all 26 girls were Nigerians? “From available information from Italy, about three girls can be identified to be Nigerians”.

“Did Italy get the permission to go ahead with the burial of these girls, no matter their nationalities? “We appeal to the Italian authorities, we are going to take this up at the highest diplomatic level and we are going to get answers”, she stressed.

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