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Reps raise alarm over 10 Nigerians executed in Libya

By Luka Binniyat
ABUJA— House of Representatives, yesterday, raised an alarm over 10 Nigerians executed in Libya this week, with another 200 on the death row from today in Tripoli, the Libyan capital city for violating immigration laws.

Briefing the press in Abuja, Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, Samson Osagie, said that he got the information from some Nigerians living in Libya under the aegis of ‘Edo global’ via an e-mail letter sent to him.

According to him, “I am worried over the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government, but I want Nigerians  to rise to the occasion by rescuing the lives of Nigerians who are being maltreated by the Libyan authorities for allegedly gaining entry into the country illegally.

“Whether the information is true or not, I want our government, as a matter of urgency, to mobilise all relevant agencies to begin diplomatic negotiations with Libya.

“It needs to be emphasised that it is the primary responsibility of government to protect its citizens anywhere in the world and the doctrine of citizen diplomacy has no better time than now.”

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Diaspora has called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene to save two hundred inmates of Africa origin, most of them Nigerians on death row from an impending execution in Libya.

According to the Chairman of the Committee, Abike Dabiri, reliable sources in Libya have informed the committee that between thirty two and forty Nigerians, have already been summarily executed in the last one week, while about 200 are facing the death penalty.


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