By Ejike Ikezuagu – UK.
The federal government of Nigeria last Wednesday repatriated over 107 Nigerians trapped in Libya in its efforts to rescue stranded Nigerians in the country.
The Embassy of Nigeria in Tripoli disclosed this in a statement made available to the press. Mr Kabiru Musa, Chargé D’affaires en titre of Nigeria said, the evacuees were mostly victims of human trafficking that arrived yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
According to Musa, he said, the effort was to ensure that no Nigerian is left stranded in Libya or subjected to any form of inhuman treatment.
In his statement, he said “The evacuees, mostly young men and women were either irregular migrants or victims of human trafficking, some of whom were cajoled into the dangerous journey in search of proverbial and elusive greener pasture”.
“The evacuation exercise was carried out by NAF aircraft C-130 H which arrived same day with all the 107 passengers at Nnamdi International airport at 12 midnight (Nigerian time).
“In compliance with COVID-19 regulations, a day before their departure from Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, all the passengers took the mandatory PCR test for coronavirus and only those with negative results were allowed to board the aircraft”
“With sustained coordination of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and support of Ministry of Defence, the Mission will continue to render usual consular assistance to Nigerians in difficult circumstances in Libya,” Musa stated.
He extended his appreciation to the Libyan authorities for their assistance in the successful evacuation exercise.
Ogene Ndigbo Newspaper gathered that the mission had earlier evacuated 100 stranded Nigerians in August 13.
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