Govt Plans Airlift of Nigerians Trapped In Libya


In a bid to end the trauma of some Nigerians trapped in Libya, the Federal Government on Monday announced plans to send an aircraft to evacuate them from the North African country plunged into war after the sack of Moummar Ghaddafi’s administration.

The spokesman to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, in a statement released in Abuja disclosed that Nigerian mission officials had met with the Libyan officials to conclude final plans to airlift trapped Nigerians.

According to Elias-Fatile, “It is apt to add that our mission in Tripoli has been addressing the problems associated with Nigerian migrants in Libya.

“There were instances when the mission received appeals for intervention from some Nigerian families whose children and relations were victims of inhumane acts in that country.

“The government is also exploring the feasibility of sending aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who are stranded in Libya.”

The statement also added that the Nigerian Mission in Libya had looked into the problem of kidnappings for ransom by foreigners, adding, “The mission had rescued many victims and repatriated some of them to Nigeria, sometimes in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration as well as some NGOs”.

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