The Federal Government has summoned Nigeria’s Charge D’Affaire in Libya to come explain the reason behind the inhuman treatment Nigerians were subjected to in the country.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, gave the order while addressing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Onyeama said the Charge D’Affairs said a number of Nigerians do not want to come home.
He said: “On the issue of Libya, of course, it has been in the news in the last two weeks on trading in slaves; also, the imprisonment in various detention centres of Nigerians.
“What we have done is that first, we have got our Charge D’ Affairs in Tripoli to come to Abuja to give us the full details of what is actually going on there and how many Nigerians are in detention and are trying to come home.
“So, once we establish that and we are given all those facts, we are now meeting with various agencies to now arrange the evacuation process and this will be done in collaboration with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on how we can very quickly repatriate all Nigerians who want to return home.”
Nigerians and other migrants from sub-saharan countries were reportedly among those being allegedly traded for $400 to merchants.
A report by Cable News Network (CNN) had revealed that some migrants from sub-saharan Africa, who want to cross the Mediterranean sea to Europe, were being sold as slaves.
But the Libyan government, through its embassy in Nigeria, said the CNN report was a campaign against the Maghreb nation.