Nigerians Return From Libya In 24 Hours

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.

He said they were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) after being stranded in the volatile North African country enroute Europe.

The latest batch of returnees comprised 102 males and 42 females, including infants, who were received by agencies of the Federal Government including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), among others.

He said the federal government has so far repatriated 3250 from Libya in recent times.

A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 of their compatriots on Wednesday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The ministry stated that those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates.

"I want the public to know that we have some Nigerians who are not willing to return inspite of the unfavourable situations and the fact is that we can't get them on the flight without their consent".

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The Federal Government said, yesterday, that it has so far identified 2,778 Nigerians trapped in the Libyan detention camps.

"We have visited the detention camps, and also collaborated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to repatriate migrants weekly".

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

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 global instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States.

Mr. Fachano said that the repatriation exercise would be a continuous exercise.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says some Nigerians in Libya have refused to come home despite the ongoing slave trade.

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