Another 257 Nigerians return from Libya

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday. 02040/24/3/2017/Uwalaka Benedict/ICE/NAN

A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 of their compatriots on Wednesday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Mr. Alabi said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30 a.m.

He said they were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the European Union, EU, after being stranded in the volatile North African country enroute Europe.

Mr. Alabi said :”We received another batch of Nigerians early this morning from Libya.

“They comprised of 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants.”

He also confirmed that four of the returnees had medical cases and were promptly taken away on an ambulance for treatment.

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.

NAN reports that another set of 144 Nigerians had arrived on Tuesday at about 6.45 p.m. aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG.

They were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, represented by the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode.

Also on ground to receive them was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and officials of other government agencies.

NAN reports that the federal government said it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in “accessible” detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.

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

The ministry stated that those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates.

The ministry also explained that the embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 migrants weekly and had returned 3,000 of them so far.

“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.

“The Embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 Nigerian migrants by flight to Lagos weekly – each flight can accommodate only 250 passengers.

“The repatriation is a continuous exercise and the Embassy routinely issues the requisite travel documents to the migrants.

“The Embassy will continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country.”

The ministry further said the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had invited the Nigerian Embassy’s Head of Mission, Iliya Fachano, to Abuja for consultations.

“He is in Abuja already and during the period of the consultations, arrangements have been made for him to address press conferences on the issue.



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  • Enemona

    Shame on our past and present leaders. Hardship, caused by the leaders, forced these people into slavery.

    Shame, they’re all now being transported on a Libyan national airline since we have destroyed ours. As a protest, shouldn’t we have stopped the Libyans, who perpetrated such heinous crime against our people, to not airlift them in their aircraft? Shouldn’t we have chosen to do it ourselves? But, with what airline? Shame!

    The embassy is now making statements, where has it been all these while. Has it only knowm about the slavery issue? We have all failed ourselves. Our lack of love for each other and selfishness has led us into this failure. Everything starts from love for self and for others but we have failed in all these. Shame.

    • Mufu Ola

      No leader forced anybody to travel “by road” to Europe.That’s lazy,stereotyped sentiment. Most of these people went with their ignorant & greedy eyes wide open. Stop blaming leaders lazily! If you can money to travel, why don’t u invest the money here?

      • Enemona

        Please ask nicely if you want a debate on this issue. My days of teaching or educating or proving things to uncouth people like you are gone, you don’t deserve my precious time.

  • Mufu Ola

    I’m sure some of these people are already plotting in their head how to go back!

    • Alex

      Do you think those you accused of ‘plotting ‘ to go back there had the same opportunities they see in those places they want to escape to in Nigeria,they will want to try going back ?some of you are self righteous. Haven’t you got any blames for our rulers in all this shame?

  • man

    leave these stubborn goats over there. i bet in 6 months, they will go back to libya and find themselves in the same predicaments.

  • Adam

    CNN’s report was absolutely rubbish and twisted the facts for a sensational swoop and a media blitz. The CNN video showed nothing really, just a couple of smirking black guys, looking nice and clean, and someone in the shadows talking in Arabic. No ripped clothes, no chains and no whips? Why and how would an American journalist be allowed to walk in a secret ‘slave auction’ and film it. Did the slavers want media attention? I personally believe she might even have paid for this side show, probably without even knowing it.

    Idiots around the world lapped it all up, especially the brotherly Africans (as Qaddafi would say), who probably have seen much worse in their own countries. No one in Africa is immune from any types of barbarity, so let’s not cast the first stone on Libya. This is a case of human trafficking at best, and not a slave trade.

    As for social media, even Nigerian Aviation ex-minister weighed in on Twitter, such as Femi Fani-Kayode, with some fake pictures of ‘slaves’ in Libya when in fact they were pictures of Eritrean migrants travelling illegally to Israel, via Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.

    France 24 news website has debunked many of those fake pictures that suddenly started to appear. None of them are in Libya. NONE of them. Slavery in Libya is all the rage now and everyone wants to pitch in with a fake picture or two.

    What about the Nigerians trafficking those illegals or did those potential slaves suddenly appear 2000 km away in Libya? Perhaps they used friendly travel agents, who didn’t know what was happening in Libya when they booked their holidays? Give me a break please! They were used and abused and trafficked by Nigerians and Nigeriens alike and Libyan traffickers are just part of this organised criminal activity, leading all the way to Italy and beyond.

    Finally take a moment and think of the Libyans, who are victims or this scam, where people are suffering in all aspects of life. There is no money, no income, education is crap, and health system not even fit for animals. Big thanks to world class corruption, on a scale never seen before, but not as classy as Nigerian corruption of course! Even for his crazy reign, Qaddafi left Libya with billions, surprisingly, even after oiling the African Union and all it’s corrupt leaders, revolutionaries, kings, politicians, etc…and the list goes on.

    • man

      show us the france24 link

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