A Fresh Set Of 257 Nigerians Return From Libya Today

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The deputy chairman of the AU Commission, Kwesi Quartey tweeted this on Tuesday.

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They were airlifted to Nigeria by Boeing B737-800 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG hired by the International Organisation for Migration (IMO) landed at the Cargo Terminal of the Lagos airport with passengers who looked gory but glad they were home, after a tortuous journey aimed at crossing to Europe that was aborted.

The Federal Government has said that it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in "accessible" detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.

A recent report about the presence of slave markets and the weekly sale of Africans in these markets has sparked outrage around the globe. Last Thusrday, a communique issued at the end of the Abidjan Summit in Cote d'Ivoire, indicated the reaffirmed commitment of African and European leaders to address the ongoing enslavement of migrants in Libya.

But he also said the auctions made "mockeries of the alleged solidarity of African nations grouped in the African Union, of which Libya is a member".

Another Nigerian recently repatriated told the AP about his ordeal.

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

Separately, almost 200 Gambians were repatriated on November 30, while between 4,000 and 5,000 are still in Libyan camps, Jobe said.

The arrogance and brutality meted out to innocent African migrants, most of whom are young people seeking opportunities are repugnant and grossly inhumane, it said.

"Our criminal justice system should without delay initiate the prosecution of all those Africans involved", he said.

Other African countries are now joining in on repatriations, including Ivory Coast and Cameroon.

Amnesty International has criticized Europe, saying its primary aim is to close the Mediterranean route and leave hundreds of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya and facing horrific abuses.

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