More than 400 Nigerians repatriated from Libya

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Ibrahim Farinloye, Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South West zone, said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30a.m.

So far the government said 3,250 have so far returned from the Libyan enclave.

At least 401 Nigerians trapped in detention centers across Libya have been repatriated to their home country in the last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday.

He also confirmed that four of the returnees had medical cases and were promptly taken away on an ambulance for treatment.

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

The Tuesday returnees arrived aboard a BURQA Airline Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration number, 5N-DMG from Libya.

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.

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Young African men bound for Europe are frequently caught in trafficking networks and sold for labor in Libya, where many migrants are detained, tortured, and even killed, according to the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM).

"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".

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.

The African Union (AU) announced today that it intends to evacuate 20,000 African migrants waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the next six weeks.

Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman, Tiwatope Elias-Fatiile, said that the 2778 were Nigerians identified in detention camps that embassy officials had been visiting.

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".

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

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