Many Nigerians in Libya don't want to return-FG

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The Council urged the Libyan authorities and all Member States to comply with their obligations under worldwide law and stressed the need to transfer detainees to State authority.

"The fact that the coast guards at the Mediterranean Sea are professionally trained and well funded by the European Union, they have captured many people who are trying to illegally cross to Europe and returned them to Libya".

A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 of their compatriots on Wednesday landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The latest batch of returnees comprised 102 males and 42 females, including infants, who were received by agencies of the Federal Government including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), among others.

"We have visited the detention camps, and also collaborated with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to repatriate migrants weekly".

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, Mr. Tiwatope Elias-Fatile on Tuesday, said the country's embassy in Libya had been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.

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Nigerian Foreign Ministry said at least 2,778 Nigerian migrants are still trapped in Libya and that plans are afoot to repatriate them after necessary documentation.

He gave these updates at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The African Union (AU) announced today that it intends to evacuate 20,000 African migrants waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in the next six weeks.

"The charge d'affaires officials have said a number of Nigerians, not all of them, do not want to come back home".

"We have asked the Nigerian presidency to provide us with an extra airplane to assist with quick repatriation of registered Nigerians who are willing to return".

It follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves.