Slave Trade: AU announces plan to repatriate 20000 migrants from Libya

08 Décembre, 2017, 01:07 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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The Federal Government has identified 5,000 more Nigerians trapped in Libyan detention camps. Since 2014, the oil-rich country has been split between rival governments and parliaments based in the western and eastern regions, each backed by different militias and tribes.

"However, there is an urgent need for the government to come up with a strategic plan that will discourage young Nigerians from going through this route in the near future".

He called on the United Nations to help out by sponsoring repatriation flights, provide food and health materials for the migrants.

A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 others yesterday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

After constant complaints, several sub-Saharan countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Rwanda, and Nigeria announced the progressive repatriation of their compatriots who traveled to Libya in order to cross the Mediterranean Sea and reach Europe.

Britain's deputy United Nations ambassador, Jonathan Allen, said the council welcomes that Libya is "making strong efforts to resolve this individual case but the council statement makes clear that we need to do more to support Libya".

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

Merkel said al-Sarraj's government should allow officials from the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to visit camps under the control of his internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which is struggling to assert its control of the country.

"We also ensure that we are up to date with the number of Nigerians in specific detention camps".

"I want the public to know that we have some Nigerians who are not willing to return despite the unfavorable situations and the fact is that we can't get them on the flight without their consent".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that "the United States denounces modern slavery in all its forms and will continue to work with the worldwide community to eradicate it from the globe". Henry is also proficient in use of most online journalism tools and Social media management.

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