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FG To Rescue 116 Stranded Nigerians Seeking ‘Non-Existing Greener Pastures’ In Libya

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has said it will repatriate 116 enslaved Nigerians from various camps in Libya.

This was made known in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Sunday.

The press statement which was released through her media aid, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Dabiri-Erewa stated that the Federal Government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have finalised plans to bring back Nigerians from slave camps it has been able to identify.

She revealed that the move became necessary after the migrants begged the government to bring them home through a video footage released on July 8, as they were being tortured in camps.

“We are dying here,” one of them said. “Come and rescue us. Europe is our final destination but we are trapped in Libya, where we are subjected to inhumane treatment.”

According to her, 24 Nigerian migrants insisted they would not be coming back, as they were still keen on getting to Europe. She however added that 116 of them have been processed online by the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli and the IOM.

Further more, she urged Nigerians seeking to travel out of the country, to desist from doing so through illegal means in search of “non-existing greener pastures”.

9,438 Nigerians have so far been repatriated by a joint effort from the Federal Government and IOM, she said, noting that, President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered for the repatriation of all stranded Nigerians in Libya.

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