The Federal Government of Nigeria revealed that it has working with Libyan Authority to negotiate the release of all Nigerians in Libya slave camps.
Geoffrey Onyeama who is the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, has told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that negotiations were ongoing with some of the militia groups controlling some camps who were demanding money to allow access to their camps.
He said: “I met with the Libyan ambassador who promised to cooperate on the issue of migrants; I let him know that we appreciate what the Libya is doing.
“We agreed on way forward, that the Libya government will continue to help us to access those camps where there are still Nigerians outside the control of the Libyan government.
“We have been given some amount that we have to pay to those rebels before we can get our people out, but it has not been easy.
“There is an instance that it has to be negotiated down to 2,500 dollars per camp to get Nigerians out. There is another camp that we have to negotiate around that figure also.
“There are Nigerians who are actually in Libya legally and are doing their legitimate jobs and we have some of them who are actually useful in helping us to look for Nigerians in the country.
“When a central authority is in control that is when it will be easier to relate with the country and address some of the problems they are having with regards to irregular migrants.’’
Onyeama said the outgoing ambassador, Dr Attai Alkhoder, assured that he would support Nigeria in ensuring that irregular migrants were safely repatriated.