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Slave Trade: 5000 Nigerians still trapped in Libya

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-UN should please assist by sponsoring repatriation flights, providing food and health materials for the migrants

Libya Slave Trade: 5000 Nigerians still stranded

The Federal Government is battling to get to places in Libya where about 5,000 Nigerians are being camped.

This was revealed by the Charge d’Affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Mr Illiya Fachano has said.

Fachano disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) noting that the FG has discussed with the recognised government in Tripoli on ways to reach some of the camps to extract its nationals.

He said: “there is a camp with 5000 Nigerians and we need the diplomatic police to escort us to extract them.

“There are various camps in the regions of South, West and East of Libya.

“The UN-backed Libyan Government is in the western region which is where Tripoli is.

“Camps in the other regions are known but inaccessible camps due to the challenges of going into these camps as a communication chain is required before we can reach them,” he said.

He added that “We need the Nigerian government to better fund its embassy in Libya and send the aircraft.

“We have made our request for that”.

While stating that the Federal Government had so far repatriated 3250 from Libya in recent times, the change d’affaires appealed to the UN to assist by sponsoring repatriation flights, providing food and health materials for the migrants.

Fachano said the FG would continue to make efforts to rescue Nigerians that are stranded in Libya.

“We, the embassy of Nigeria in Tripoli, Libya, have been doing our best to register Nigerians.”

Source: Naija News

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