The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received 1,003 Nigerians stranded in Niger Republic and Libya in 2022.
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Five suspected migrant smugglers, including three Bangladeshi and two Sudanese nationals who reached Lampedusa, Italy on December 26, were arrested by police on aggravated charges of favoring illegal migration, criminal association, torture and kidnapping for extortion, judicial sources said Monday.
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said it rescued 45 victims of human trafficking in 2022 in Jigawa State, Nigerian Daily Post newspaper reported.
A solution for the Libyan crisis must be reached through cooperation from all major parties, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said on Sunday, also stressing that Egypt is playing an important role in facilitating such cooperation.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received on Monday Director of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns, in the presence of Major General Abbas Kamel, Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence.
IOM said it handed over technical and operational equipment to the Gambian Embassy in Libya to ease the process of issuing travel docs and pre-departure counseling for Gambians interested in voluntarily returning home.
In 2022, the Alarm Phone NGO was alerted to 673 migrant boats in distress in the central Mediterranean region, the Alarm Phone said in a report.
Mali has received more warplanes and helicopters from Russia, an AFP correspondent noted, the latest in a series of deliveries from its new top military and political ally.
Eighty five Chadian citizens were deported to their home country after completing their sentences in Libya, according to the Chadian Embassy.
Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani announced his invitation to the United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Abdoullaye Bathily, to visit Rome, according to Italian Nova news agency.