No: MFA/PR/2019/34

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned in strong terms, the air strike on the Tajoura Migrant Detention Centre in Tripoli, Libya that occurred on Wednesday 3rd July, 2019 which led to the death of forty (40) persons and left more than eighty (80) others injured. The attack was unwarranted, inhumane and without regards to human lives.

Nigerian Mission officials have visited the TARZOURA Detention Centre and preliminary findings have confirmed that Nine(9) Nigerian men lost their lives while the Mission has identified and taken custody of three (3) women, one man, a toddler and a 10 year old boy. Mission has requested for the full list and particulars of the migrants in the affected camp.

Meanwhile, Mission awaits the list from the centre to ascertain whether there are other Nigerians affected by the blast.

The Ministry commiserates with the families of the victims and calls for an independent investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.

Signed

Friday W. Akpan 
Acting Spokesperson,
Ministry of Foreign, Affairs, Abuja

Thursday 4, July, 2019