FG Asks Libyan Rebels To Stop Killing Nigerians

The Federal Government has reacted to claims that the Libyan rebels are killing Nigerians in their country. The government in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday described the reported killings of Nigerians and other sub-Saharan Africans in Libya as worrisome, asking the country’s Transitional National Council to put an end to it.

In the statement issued by Mr. Damian Agu, the Federal Government reiterated her support for the Libyan people but urged the rebels’ leaders to check the excesses of their men.

The statement read, “Reports revealed outright killings, rape and extortion of money from these helpless Africans who have taken refuge in camps, as well as those in detention and incarceration.

“This development is a deviation from the overall expressed desire of the Transition National Council, the African Union and indeed the United Nations for the restoration of democracy and good governance in Libya.”

The Federal Government said the extra-judicial killings ran contrary to Nigeria’s call for the leadership of the TNC to be magnanimous in victory.

“While confirming that the concern of the Nigerian Government on this reported development has accordingly been brought to the urgent attention of the representatives of the TNC, the Government again seizes this opportunity to call on the leadership of the TNC to immediately take steps to check the excesses of these unscrupulous elements in Libya in order to pave way for the restoration of genuine democracy and true reconciliation.”