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Bishops condemn selling of Nigerians into slavery in Libya

A trio of Nigerian bishops condemned the enslavement of Nigerians who travelled to Libya for work, calling the practice a horrific abuse of human dignity.

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, retired Archbishop Alaba Job of Ibadan and retired Bishop Julius Adelakun of Oyo called on the Nigerian government to act on behalf of Nigerian nationals in Libya and elsewhere who have been victimised by modern-day slave traders.

They also suggested the government discourage Nigerians from travelling to other countries for work because of dangers posed by the illicit labour market.

Their comments came after Nigerian officials had repatriated 3,000 Nigerians from Libya through 4th December following reports of inhumane treatment in the North Africa nation.

Bishop Bagobiri expressed concern that Nigerians were willing to pay as much as £1,000 to travel to Libya and other countries to seek “greener pastures.”

Picture: A protester in Pretoria, South Africa, chains himself as part of a protest highlighting the slave trade in Libya on 12th December. (CNS photo/Kim Ludbrook, EPA).