Libyan authorities detain suspects who burnt Nigerian to death

Three Libyans killed a Nigerian man by setting him on fire in Tripoli, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, in what a U.N. agency described as another senseless crime against migrants in the country the News Agency of Nigeria, reports.

“The Tripoli-based interior ministry said in a statement it had arrested the three suspects in the case, adding that they had used petrol to set the victim on fire at a factory.

“Federico Soda, Libya country chief for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a U.N. migration agency, said those responsible must be held accountable.

“There are half a million migrants in Libya, according to IOM, some of them having worked in the oil producing country before it descended into chaos and warfare, others attempting to travel through it to Europe.

“The IOM and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR have both repeatedly said that Libya should not be classified as a safe port for migrants.

“Thousands have attempted the perilous sea crossing to Europe this year, with hundreds drowned in shipwrecks,” the NAN report highlighted.

According to the report, “In July, three migrants from Sudan were shot dead by Libyan authorities while trying to flee detention after they were disembarked in Khums.

“In May, some 30 mostly Bangladeshi migrants were shot dead in a southern desert town after being abducted by a local gang, Bangladesh and the Libyan interior ministry said at the time.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has condemned, in strong terms, the killing of the Nigerian.

The NIDCOM boss, on Thursday, in a statement made available on the commission’s website, described the act as dastardly, bestial and unacceptable.

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“Hon Dabiri-Erewa called on the Libyan Authorities to apply the full weight of the law on the suspected Killers.

“Meanwhile a statement by the Libyan Interior Ministry has condemned the act insisting that it is a new wave of violence on migrants in North Africa.”

The statement revealed that the United Nations has also described the Killing of the Nigerian man, as ‘another senseless crime against migrants in the Country.’

“In the meantime, the full identity of the Nigerian man set on fire by petrol has not been made known as investigations and interrogations of the suspected attackers who are in custody are ongoing,” the statement by Gabriel Odu, the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, NIDCOM, highlighted.


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