More than 400 Nigerians repatriated from Libya


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.

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

NAN reports that another set of 144 Nigerians had arrived on Tuesday at about 6.45 p.m. aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG.

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".

He further revealed that despite the refusal of some Nigerians to come home, the federal government is still in talks with officials of Nigeria's Charge D'Affairs in Libya to repatriate more Nigerians who are willing to come home.

The ministry stated that those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates. "Certainly, it has to be those who want to come back home".

Beyond identification, Onyeama said most of the Nigerian victims were trapped in areas not officially recognised by the United Nations.

"The Embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 Nigerian migrants by flight to Lagos weekly - each flight can accommodate only 250 passengers".

Underlining the need for all actors to cooperate with the Government of National Accord of Libya, including assisting the country to build capacity to secure its borders and end human trafficking, the Council urged ratification and implementation of worldwide instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States.

"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".

"The repatriation is a continuous exercise and the Embassy routinely issues the requisite travel documents to the migrants".

Meanwhile, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said the ministry officials were facing minor hitches in identifying those that are Nigerians with a view to evacuating them from Libya.