Chargé d’affaires of Nigeria in Libya, Mr. Illiya Fachano, says some Nigerians in Libya have refused to be repatriated despite the “unfavourable situations.” Fachano told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday: “Not all of them want to come back home.” “Before you can assist them, they will have to sign a consent form, after which emergency travel certificates are issued. “I want the public to know that we have some Nigerians who are not willing to return in spite of the unfavourable situations; and the fact is that we can’t get them on the flight without their consent.
“Migration is natural and has always happened; but it becomes an issue when there are people migrating illegally, meaning the migrants arrive without proper documentations and conceal their identity. “What we do is to identify the Nigerians in the camps, register them, then issue them emergency travel certificates. Those who happen to be sick get medical treatments before being confirmed to fly.
“The Internationl Organisation for Migration has rallied the support of the European nations and particularly, Italy, for the Libyan Coast Guards who are particularly ordered to prevent boats that smuggle migrants and refugees from Libya to Europe.