The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday said 116 of the Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya slave camps would be repatriated home soon. Dabiri-Erewa in a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, and made available to NAN disclosed that the Federal Government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have located the detention camps of the Nigerians, and offered to return those willing back home.
The Nigeria Mission in Tripoli, she said, had traced the migrants to Osama Detention Centre, Zawiya , Libya. According to her, 116 Nigerian migrants have been processed online by the Nigeria Mission and IOM for repatriation back to Nigeria. However, 24 of them insisted they must get to Europe.
She said that Federal Government moved to rescue the detained migrants after their plea for assistance through a video clip from Libya on July 8. Dabiri-Erewa said that 9,438 Nigerian migrants had so far been repatriated by the Federal Government and the IOM.
She gave the assurance that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure that all stranded migrants willing to return home are brought back. Dabiri-Erewa, however, appealed to Nigerian youths to avail themselves the opportunities in the country as against risking their lives to search for a non-existing and deadly greener pastures abroad.