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African Migrants Trapped in Libya to Be Evacuated

07 December 2017

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

He said the returnees were received by officials of NEMA, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Libyan authorities exercise little control over them.

The government said it would continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country.

"They comprised 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants with four of them in need of the emergency medical care", Alabi said.The repatriation comes after a global outrage over claims that hundreds of African migrants are being held as slaves in Libya.

"The Internationl Organisation for Migration has rallied support of the European nations and particularly Italy for the Libyan Coast Guards who are particularly ordered to prevent boats that smuggle migrants and refugees from Libya to Europe".

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.

Nigerian Foreign Ministry said at least 2,778 Nigerian migrants are still trapped in Libya and that plans are afoot to repatriate them after necessary documentation.

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

Libya's United Nations -backed government last month said it would take action after a video broadcast by CNN, which appeared to show the auction of African migrants as farmhands for $400, led to protests across Europe and Africa.

"On the issue of Libya practising slave trade, of course, it has been in the news in the last two weeks; also, the imprisonment in various detention centres of Nigerians".

"Especially how many Nigerians are in detention and are trying to come home?"

Fachano told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday: "Not all of them want to come back home".

The minister said the evacuation would be done in co-ordination with International Organisation for Migration "and see if we can very quickly repatriate all our Nigerian nationals who are there who want to return home".

Mr. Fachano called for the provision of a bigger aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who has have agreed to come back home.

African Migrants Trapped in Libya to Be Evacuated