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FG demands justice for Nigerian burnt to death in Libya

… As NIDCOM hosts summit of state Diaspora officers

The Federal Government has demanded justice over the burning of a Nigeria to death in Tripoli, Libya last week allegedly by Libyans loyal to the deposed and executed former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by Gabriel Odu of the Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

According to the statement, the Chairman and CEO, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri Erewa, made this demand when she met with the Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria, Ayad Attayary in Abuja on Thursday to register the federal government’s disgust over the incident, stressing that “all we want is justice ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to book.”

The Libyan envoy, who painted a sordid picture of migrants still losing their lives off the Mediterranean Sea and the Sahara desert in attempts to make it to Europe, condemned the dastardly act and assured of an open and transparent Libyan legal system where justice is served on the three alleged killers.

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It could be recalled that early last week reports by major news networks indicated that a Nigerian was set ablaze by petrol in a factory allegedly by three Libyan nationals. This act has been condemned by the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations, and the Libyan Interior Ministry.

Investigation is said to have opened to ascertain the full identity of the Nigerian victim. However, the three alleged killers are under full investigation and interrogations and will face judgment soon, the statement added.

Meanwhile, the Second Summit of State Diaspora Focal Point Officers has commenced in Abuja with the aim of attracting foreign investment and developing the Nigerian economy.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in a statement explained that the Summit is a stock-taking and consolidation charting a way forward for National Development.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa reminded participants of the critical role in attracting Diaspora investment into the country.

One of the Summit’s goals is to advocate the speedy Validation and approval of the National Diaspora Policy by the Federal Executive Council.

The State Diaspora Focal Point Officers comprises Commissioners, Special Advisers, Director Generals and Coordinators all over the States in Nigeria on Diaspora Matters

The Second Summit of the State Diaspora Focal point Officers is sponsored by the European Union- IOM Project on Migrant reintegration.

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