Due to the series of deportation and execution of illegal immigrants from Libya, the Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Abike Dabiri has advised Nigerians to stay away from Libya for the time being.
Abike Dabiri gave the advice in the statement below…
“The attention of the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has been drawn to a video and pictures being circulated on the purported killing of black immigrants in Libya,” Abike Dabira said.
“While the authenticity of the pictures and tapes in question cannot be verified, it is a known fact that Libya has been executing alleged black illegal immigrants for years.
As the Chairman Committee on Diaspora in the House of Representatives in the Seventh Assembly, we intervened in the case of 24 Nigerians about to be killed in Libya. The Committee, in collaboration with SERAP, an NGO, petitioned the UN, AU, ECOWAS, and Ghadaffi yielded to pressure and released them. As at two months ago, NEMA alongside, the Nigerian Embassy in Libya evacuated over 2000 Nigerians from Libya.
“The Nigerian embassy in Libya, working with NEMA has relentlessly intervened in cases involving Nigerians in trouble in Libya and will continue to do so. Libyans are dealing with their own struggles as there is no recognised government in place.”
The office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora hereby appeals again to Nigerian migrants to avoid Libya as penalty for illegal migration to Libya, when caught, is usually a death sentence. Signed. Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa SSA to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.”
Recall that in August 2016, 241 Nigerians were deported by the Libyan government and were left stranded. On another occasion, I40 Nigerians were deported from Libya and on another occasion 154.
The returnees, which included were 174 males, 67 females, 3 children as well as 3 infants, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and were in the news for a while. Some were happy to be back home, while some came back home to nurse the injuries they acquired while on the run in Libya.
The Nigerians were returned to the country by the Libyan government in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya. Reports say some of the deportees had tried to enter Europe through Libya, but failed in their attempts.
However, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIPs), as well as the Port Health from the Federal Ministry of Health, were on ground to receive the returnees.
Libya shares border with the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.
The three traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometers (700,000 square metre), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world.
Aside all of these, traveling to Libya does not involve a lot documentation and processes, this is the reason why most illegal travelers tend to pass through Libya out of Africa.
Therefore, the Libyan government is still on the move to clean off all illegal immigrants from the country.
As advised by Hon. Dabiri, Nigerians who intend to travel through Libya illegally or those already living there illegally should return home and avoid the embarrassment of being deported.