It said "the slavery and slave markets in Libya are not only abhorrent but a blight in the harmonious and peaceful culture of the global community".
They were airlifted to Nigeria by Boeing B737-800 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG hired by the International Organisation for Migration (IMO) landed at the Cargo Terminal of the Lagos airport with passengers who looked gory but glad they were home, after a tortuous journey aimed at crossing to Europe that was aborted. "But on getting to Libya, he abandoned all of us to our fate", the man said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears for his security.
The sale of African migrants as plantation labourers for fees ranging between $400 and $500 has been described by many in the global community as a form of modern-day slavery, and some African countries like Nigeria have started sending aircraft to Libya to airlift their citizens who are reportedly trapped in the slave market. More than 10 Nigerians, including girls, were sold as slaves.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and the officials of other government agencies were also on ground to receive the returnees.
Fachano said: "The IOM informs the mission once Nigerians are identified among the illegal migrants".
"Thus far, the Embassy, in collaboration with the IOM has repatriated about 3,000 Nigerians".
An urgent evacuation plan for migrants in Libyan detention camps was drawn at an AU-EU summit in Ivory Coast last week. Morocco, France, and Germany will provide the air carriers, according to Gambian senior foreign affairs official Ebrima Jobe.
Europe has struggled to stem the flow of tens of thousands of Africans making the risky crossing of the Mediterranean.
Jobe criticised the "African brothers" who act as middlemen for the smugglers.
Amnesty International has criticized Europe, saying its primary aim is to close the Mediterranean route and leave hundreds of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya and facing horrific abuses.