Three Nigerians have been killed by the Libyan National Transitional Council in Sirte, the hometown of ousted Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The Nigerians are alleged to have been fighting alongside Gaddafi's soldiers.
According to Spain-based Hamada Radio International, the three men killed are: 33-year-old Ugochukwu Okafor; Emeka Aloysius Mohammed, 33, and Braimoh Robinson Garba, 30.
Less than two weeks ago, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan recognised the Libyan NTC and called on the African Union to assist the NTC in bringing an end to the conflict in Libya. Despite this, Nigerians and other black Africans have been the subject of attacks from the rebel forces.
“An NTC source said the hostility against Nigerians might not be unconnected with the belief that Gaddafi’s followers are being sheltered in Kano and some Northern Nigerian cities," the Hamada Radio International report revealed.
“The most recent case was the arrival of family members of the former Libyan Ambassador to Nigeria, late Mohammed Sherrefedeen, who held both Libyan and Nigerian nationality and was a fluent Hausa speaker.”
According to the report, the Nigerian Union in Libya also alleged that the Nigerian government had abandoned its consular responsibility to evacuate Nigerians who were stranded in the war-torn North African country.