Libya Slave Trade: Another 257 Nigerians return

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Libya Slave Trade: Another 257 Nigerians return

A Libyan aircraft carrying 257 Nigerians has arrived in Lagos, a few hours after the arrival of 144 returnees from Libya.A total of 401 Nigerians have been brought back from the North African country between 6 pm on Tuesday and 1.04 am on Wednesday.

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, Mr Joseph Alabi, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

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.

Among the returnees were 39 female, 97 male, two children and six infants.

He also said that four of the returnees had medical cases and were taken away on an ambulance for treatment.

One of the men shown in the footage of the slave auctions, which was broadcast by U.S. network CNN on November 14, was said to be Nigerian.

AU's deputy chairman said Tuesday that the organization and it's member states will repatriate more than 15,000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year.

The ministry also explained that it is partnering with the IOM, to repatriate 250 migrants weekly and has so far returned 3,000 of them. "Tomorrow (today) being December 5, 2017, 250 Nigerian migrants will arrive in Lagos by 7pm".

Fachano said: "The IOM informs the mission once Nigerians are identified among the illegal migrants".

At least 20,000 migrants are being held in government detention centres in Libya, Quartey said.

"He is in Abuja already and during the period of the consultations, arrangements have been made for him to address press conferences on the issue".

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