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United Nations condemns 'heinous' sale of migrants in Libya as slaves

United Nations condemns 'heinous' sale of migrants in Libya as slaves

"There are various camps in the regions of South, West and East of Libya".

Fachano added that there were challenges in extracting Nigerians from Libya which required the assistance of the government.

Alabi said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30 a.m.

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

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

In this regard, the AU urged the Libyan authorities to guarantee the safety of the detained migrants, following the numerous complaints of several nations that point to serious violations of their human rights.

He said once the government gets number or Nigerians in Libya's prisons and all other facts, it would meet with National Emergency Management Agency and the NAPTIP on how to evacuate them.

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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The ministry also explained that the embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 migrants weekly and had returned 3,000 of them so far.

The ministry further said the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had invited the Nigerian Embassy's Head of Mission, Mr. Iliya Fachano, to Abuja for consultations.

The IOM said last week that it was working with partners to try to empty the detention centers, condemned as inhumane by rights groups and estimated to hold as many as 20,000 migrants.

The minister stated this on Wednesday while addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

The Council encouraged cooperation between the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations to protect the lives of migrants and refugees along migration routes, inside Libya in particular.

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 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".

"Certainly, it has to be only those that want to come back home".


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