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Nigerians Return From Libya In 24hrs

15000 African migrants in Libya will be evacuated before year end – AU Ghana's president slams Libya over slave auctions
Sammy Stanley | 07 December, 2017, 04:01

Several Africans have mounted pressure on the AU since a CNN documentary emerged about the slave trade in Libya, with the Pan African Writers' Association (PAWA) being the latest group to urge the continental body to act swiftly and bring an end to atrocities being meted out to African nationals on the African soil.

He said the migrants comprised of "65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants".

The returnees were said to have arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30 a.m.

On ground to welcome the returnees were officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Police.

The EU for its part said it would pressure the UN-backed government in Libya to prosecute the slave traders and push for improvements in conditions at migrant detention centres.

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According to the statement, as part of further efforts to address the plight of Nigerians in the North African country, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama has invited the Charge d'Affaires, en titre (Head of Mission) in the Embassy, Mr. Iliya Danladi Fachano, to Abuja for consultations.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 423,000 migrants have been identified in the chaotic North African country, majority from impoverished countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The voluntary evacuations from Libya of more than 15,000 migrants will take place in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration, African Union deputy chairman Kwesi Quartey said Tuesday on Twitter. Yesterday's returnees bring the number of the Nigerians already repatriated to 3,000.

As of the time of filing this report, another flight conveying other returnees is being expected from Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

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