The Nigerian government says it will be repatriating 116 of its citizens from various slave camps in Libya.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

Contained in a press statement released by  Abdur-Rahman Balogun, her media aide, Dabiri-Erewa stated that the Federal Government and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have offered to bring back some people it located from slave camps, one of which was identified as Osama Detention Centre in Zawiya, Libya.

She stated that the move became important after a video footage of the migrants begging to be returned home was released on July 8. The migrants had revealed they were being tortured at the camp.

“We are dying here," one of them said. "Come and rescue us. Europe is our final destination but we are trapped in Libya, where we are subjected to inhumane treatment."

She, however, added that 24 of the migrants have insisted on not returning to Nigeria but must get to Europe, as 116 of them had been processed online by the Nigeria Mission in Tripoli and the IOM.

Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians to abstain from travelling out of the country through illegal means in search of "non-existing greener pastures".

According to Dabiri-Erewa, 9,438 Nigerians have been repatriated by a joint effort from the Federal Government and IOM since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the immediate evacuation of Nigerians from slave camps in Libya.

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