The number of Nigerians in Libya seems to replenish every now and then. 

Are more still travelling through the desert in the north, like the Benin to Europe journey video showed? 

Over 9,000 have been repatriated and more are still there, optimistic of crossing to Europe. 

After the CNN published video of the 21st Century slave trade happening in Libya, with some Nigerians showing in it, one would naturally believe all Nigerians in captivity or sold to slavery must have been brought back. 

That has not happened yet, as there are still 116 Nigerian migrants trapped in Libya slave camps in Zawiya area of the North African country.

A top government official said the government of Nigeria was working to bring back these citizens. 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa , says that 116 Nigerians in slave camps would be repatriated home soon.

In a statement by her media aide, Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Sunday in Abuja, Dabiri-Erewa said that the Federal Government and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have located  the detention camps of the Nigerians, and offered to bring those willing back home.

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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.


One major reason most of these migrants are in Libya, is to find an opportunity to cross to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. Many have died trying, but a few Nigerians in the slave camp still want to try. 

The President's aid said 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 video clip from Libya on July 8.

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In the video, the stranded Nigerians who veiled their faces, said that their final destination was Europe but was intercepted by the security agencies in Libya and locked up in dehumanising conditions.

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The migrants had in the video said they were being tortured to death daily under a dehumanising condition.

"We are dying here. Come and rescue us. Europe is our final destination but we are trapped in Libya subjecting us to inhuman treatment”, one of the Nigerians said in the video.

Dabiri-Erewa said that 9,438 Nigerian migrants had so far been repatriated by the Federal Government and the IOM.

She gave assurance that President  Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure that all stranded migrants willing to return home are brought back.

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