Nigeria begins large scale evacuation of citizens from Libya
More Nigerian families can now heave a sigh of relief as the federal government has commenced the evacuation of thousands of Nigerians from Libya which will continue until all those wanting to return home have done so.
Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, told reporters during a visit to Tripoli that the Nigerian government wants to get its citizens home as quickly as possible.
Nigerians have recently been the largest national group among African migrants travelling to Libya and trying to cross from there to Italy by sea.
Since local armed factions and Libya’s coastguard began blocking more migrants from leaving in July last year, large numbers have been trapped in Libya, where they often face dire conditions and abuse, including forced labour.