Nigeria Repatriates Over 100 Nigerians Stranded in Libya

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The Federal Government has repatriated another batch of 107 Nigerians stranded in Libya.

Chargé D’affaires en titre of Nigeria to Libya, Mr Kabiru Musa disclosed this saying the 107 evacuees, mostly victims of human trafficking were expected to arrive the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday night.

The evacuation exercise was carried out by NAF aircraft C-130 H which arrived same day with all the 107 passengers at Nnamdi International airport at 12 midnight (Nigerian time).

Musa stated that a day before their departure from Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, all the passengers took the mandatory PCR test for coronavirus and only those with negative results were allowed to board the aircraft, in compliance with COVID-19 regulations.

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The mission had earlier evacuated 100 stranded Nigerians on Aug. 13.

Nigerian women are the most trafficked in the world, according to the International Organisation on Migration (IOM), which estimates that as many as 80% of girls and women arriving in Europe from Nigeria by sea were likely victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, in Italy or other European Union countries.

The IOM has also documented an increase in sexual abuse of women and girls in Libya, and a corresponding increase in the number of women and girls who arrived on the shores of Europe pregnant, having been raped during their time in Libya.

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