FG Identifies 2778 Nigerians In Libya Detention Camps

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

"They comprised of 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants".

Alabi said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30 a.m.

This is even as 300 other Nigerians are to be repatriated from Libya every week.

Alabi said:"We received another batch of Nigerians early this morning from Libya".

In this regard, the AU urged the Libyan authorities to guarantee the safety of the detained migrants, following the numerous complaints of several nations that point to serious violations of their human rights.

The repatriation of the stranded Nigerians which started in 2016 is being done in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which has provided the chartered aircraft to convey the returnees.

According to him, the returnees were received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

-The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, however disclosed some Nigerians have turned out the opportunity to return to Nigeria.

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The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Mr. Tiwatope Elias-Fatile on Tuesday, said the country's embassy in Libya had been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.

He noted that accessibility into such troubled areas was also a major challenge.

He gave these updates at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

"The fact that the coast guards at the Mediterranean Sea are professionally trained and well-funded by the European Union, they have captured many people who are trying to illegally cross to Europe and returned them to Libya".

The Charge d'Affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Illiya Fachano, told the News Agency of Nigeria "there is a camp with 5000 Nigerians and we need the diplomatic police to escort us to extract them".

"We also ensure that we are up to date with the number of Nigerians in specific detention camps".

"We have asked the Nigerian presidency to provide us with an extra airplane to assist with quick repatriation of registered Nigerians who are willing to return".

It follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves.

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