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"The fact that the coast guards at the Mediterranean Sea are professionally trained and well funded by the European Union, they have captured many people who are trying to illegally cross to Europe and returned them to Libya".

The first batch of returnees was returned at 9p.m on Tuesday while the latest returnees touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at about 1:30a.m on Wednesday.

He said, "The Federal government now in talks with officials of Nigeria's Charge D'Affairs in Libya to ascertain the number of Nigerians held up in Libya detention centers so as to expedite action in bringing them back home".

NAN reports that another set of 144 Nigerians had arrived on Tuesday at about 6.45 p.m. aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG.

As at the time of filing in this report, another flight conveying other returnees was being expected from Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, says some Nigerians in Libya have refused to come home despite the ongoing slave trade.

The federal government has identified 5,000 more Nigerians trapped in Libyan detention camps.

He noted that accessibility into such troubled areas was also a major challenge.

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Onyeama disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by Yemi Osinbajo.

Recall that the media have been awash with information that Nigerians who had gone to seek greener pastures in Europe through Libya had fallen victims of slave trade in the North African country.

"We also ensure that we are up to date with the number of Nigerians in specific detention camps".

The IOM said last week that it was working with partners to try to empty the detention centres, condemned as inhumane by rights groups and estimated to hold as many as 20,000 migrants.

Fachano told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday: "not all of them want to come back home".

It follows global shock over the atrocities suffered in Libya by African migrants, many of whom are trying to reach Europe, brought home by a CNN report showing people being sold as slaves.

"We have asked the Nigerian presidency to provide us with an extra airplane to assist with quick repatriation of registered Nigerians who are willing to return".