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

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

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

So far the government said 3,250 have so far returned from the Libyan enclave.

According to him, 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 United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as “heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity, ” and called on those responsible to be held to account.

"The Internationl Organisation for Migration has rallied support of the European nations and particularly Italy for the Libyan Coast Guards who are particularly ordered to prevent boats that smuggle migrants and refugees from Libya to Europe".

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

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Mr. Tiwatope Elias-Fatile on Tuesday, said the country's embassy in Libya had been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.

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

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.

Most of the victims are said to be Africans wanting to go to Europe through Mediterranean Sea.

"From the 2,778 registered Nigerians who are still in detention camps, another set of 250 Nigerian migrants will be arriving on Tuesday December 5 via the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, at 7.00pm, to be received by NEMA officials".

"What we've done is that first of all, we've got our Charge d'Affairs in Tripoli to come to Abuja to give us the full details of what is actually going on there".

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".

At least 401 Nigerians trapped in detention centers across Libya have been repatriated to their home country in the last 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. "Certainly, it has to be those who want to come back home", he told State House correspondents.

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