- Presidential aide, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has disclosed that 116 of the Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya slave camps would soon be repatriated home
- She, however, disclosed that 24 of them have insisted that they must get to Europe
- She appealed to Nigerian youths to avail themselves of opportunities in the country; as against risking their lives to search for non-existent greener pastures abroad
The senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says that 116 of the Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya slave camps would be repatriated home soon.
Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Sunday, August 5, in Abuja, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that she said that the federal government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have located the detention camps of the Nigerians, and offered to bring those willing back home.
The Nigeria Mission in Tripoli, she said, 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 that the federal government moved to rescue the detained migrants after their plea for assistance through a 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 that they were intercepted by the security agencies in Libya and locked up in 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 said that 9,438 Nigerian migrants had so far been repatriated by the federal government and the IOM.
She gave the assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure that all stranded migrants willing to return home are brought back.
President Buhari had earlier this year directed the 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 of opportunities in the country; as against risking their lives to search for non-existing and deadly greener pastures abroad.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday, August 3, explained that no fewer than 643 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in the last five weeks.
The director general of the agency, Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a new batch of 166 returnees who arrived in Lagos on Thursday night, August 2.
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