A Fresh Set Of 257 Nigerians Return From Libya Today

French Rafale fighter jet over Libya

They landed on Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

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.

Joseph Alabi, confirmed that the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at 1.04 am.

After disembarking from a plane chartered by Nigeria, the European Union and the International Organisation for Migration, some of the newest arrivals looked exhausted, some clutching sleepy children.

"The returnees were received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria".

The African Union and member states will repatriate more than 15 000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year amid outrage over the slave auction footage, the AU's deputy chairperson said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mr. Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, said that Nigeria's embassy in Libya had been going from one detention camp to another identifying Nigerians for registration.

Some 250 Nigerian migrants are expected back home later on Tuesday, the ministry disclosed.

The man is among more than 5,000 Nigerians repatriated from Libya in the past two years, according to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to Nigeria's president on diaspora and foreign affairs.

Amnesty International has criticized Europe, saying its primary aim is to close the Mediterranean route and leave hundreds of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya and facing horrific abuses.



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