At least 3,000 Nigerians have returned from Libya recently, but another 2,778 are still in detention camps.

The government says the identified Nigerian migrants are "accessible" and ready for repatriation.

A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tiwatope Elias-Fatiile, said on Tuesday, Nigeria's embassy in Libya has been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.

Those registered were issued Emergency Travel Certificates.

To ensure that these detainees return home safe, Nigerian embassy in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) repatriates 250 migrants weekly and 3,000 are back home.

“From the 2,778 registered Nigerians who are still in detention camps, another set of 250 Nigerian migrants will be arriving on Tuesday Dec. 5, at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos at 7.00.p.m. to be received by NEMA officials.

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“The Embassy, in collaboration with the IOM repatriates 250 Nigerian migrants by flight to Lagos weekly – each flight can accommodate only 250 passengers.

“The repatriation is a continuous exercise and the Embassy routinely issues the requisite travel documents to the migrants.

“The Embassy will continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country,” Elias-Fatiile said in a statement.

According to the Ministry, the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama had invited the Nigerian Embassy’s Head of Mission, Mr Iliya Fachano, to Abuja for consultations.

"Avoid Libya"

“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.

“This would afford the Nigerian public the opportunity to hear from him directly," the statement further read.

Intending Nigerian travellers were however advised to “avoid Libya at this period, because of the dangers they may encounter in the process of their journey”.

Nigerians in Libya and those who have relatives or loved ones in Libya were also advised to contact the Nigerian Embassy in Libya for assistance through these emergency numbers: +218910144487, +218925099384 and +218917953365.

“The contact email addresses for the embassy and the ministry are: nigeria@nigeriantripoli.org and help@foreignaffairs.gov.ng.

It said that the embassy had received requests for intervention from some relations of the victims based in Nigeria through these contacts.

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While condemning the slave market in Libya, the ministry said it would engage the UN, African Union and European Union to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“It violates the fundamental human rights of the victims and it is unacceptable to the civilised world.”

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