Wednesday, December 06, 2017

2,778 Nigerian Migrants In Libyan Detention Camps Ready For Repatriation

Some Libyan returnees. More are still coming

The Federal Government has revealed that 2,778 registered Nigerian migrants in accessible detention camps in Libya are ready for repatriation.

Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a statement by its spokesperson, Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, said another batch of 250 Nigerian migrants, out of the 2,778, would be arriving at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos at 7.00.p.m. today.

They would be received by NEMA officials upon arrival, he added.

Elias-Fatile said the Nigerian Embassy has been visiting detention camps in Libya to identify Nigerians for registration and issue Emergency Travel Certificates (ETC) to them.

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

“Thus far, the Embassy, in collaboration with the IOM has repatriated about 3,000 Nigerians.

“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 spokesperson said.

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