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Nigeria’s Federal Government has summoned the country’s Charge D’Affairs in Tripoli, to Abuja to provide details of the situation in the North African country regarding the treatment Nigerian migrants.
The order follows a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, issued the directive.
He said the government was concerned about news that the country’s citizens were being sold as slaves with others imprisoned at detention centres.
“What we have done is that first, we have got our Charge D’Affairs in Tripoli to come to Abuja to give us the full details of what is actually going on there and how many Nigerians are in detention and are trying to come home.
He said once those details are available, the government would meet agencies mandated to help repatriate those citizens.
“The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, will arrange the evacuation process and this will be done in collaboration with International Organisation for Migration, IOM, on how we can very quickly repatriate all Nigerians who want to return home,” he said.
“The Charge D’Affairs said a number of Nigerians (and not all of them) do not want to come home. Certainly, it has to be those who want to come back home.”