FG to Repatriate 116 Nigerians Trapped in Libyan Slave Camps


    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has stated that 116 of the Nigerian migrants trapped in Libyan slave camps would be repatriated home soon.

    She said this in a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun in Abuja.

    Dabiri-Erewa said the federal government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) had located the detention camps of the Nigerians, and offered to bring those willing back home.

    The Nigeria Mission in Tripoli, she added, had traced the migrants to Osama Detention Centre, Zawiya, Libya.

    According to her, 116 Nigerian migrants have been processed online by the Nigeria Mission and IOM for repatriation back to Nigeria.

    However, 24 of them insisted they must get to Europe.

    She said federal government moved to rescue the detained migrants after their plea for assistance through video clip from Libya on July 8.

    In the video, the stranded Nigerians who veiled their faces, said that their final destination is Europe but were intercepted by security agents in Libya and locked up under dehumanising conditions.

    The migrants had in the video said they were being tortured to death daily under a dehumanising condition.

    “We are dying here. Come and rescue us. Europe is our final destination but we are trapped in Libya subjecting us to inhuman treatment”, one of the Nigerians said in the video.

    Dabiri-Erewa, according to the News Agency of Nigeria ((NAN), said 9,438 Nigerian migrants had so far been repatriated by the federal government and IOM.

    She gave assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure that all stranded migrants willing to return home are brought back.

    President Buhari early this year directed immediate evacuation of Nigerians from Libya.

    According to her, those that have been brought back are being profiled and enrolled in various technical and vocational training centres with relevant agencies and NGOs.

    She appealed to Nigerian youths to avail themselves the opportunities in the country as against risking their lives to search for non-existing and deadly greener pastures abroad.