Another 258 Nigerians return from Libya

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday. 02040/24/3/2017/Uwalaka Benedict/ICE/NAN

Eight days after 149 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another batch of 258 on Tuesday came back home from the North African country where they had been stranded on their way to Europe.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were brought back aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft with Registration Number 5A-LAU.

The Airbus 330-200 aircraft touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8.45pm.

The returnees, who were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), comprised of 238 female adults, seven teenage girls and one infant, while the male were seven adults, two teenage boys and three baby boys.

They were received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, represented by the South West Zonal coordinator of the agency, Suleiman Yakubu.

Also on ground to welcome the returnees back home were officials of the Edo State Government, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, and the Police.

NAN reports that 149 Nigerians had on November 6 returned from Libya bringing the total of returnees who arrived the country within the last five weeks to 975.

(NAN)


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  • Solomon Brown

    It is a lot safer staying at home than to travel and end up being auctioned as slaves in Libya.

  • shola

    Their countries of destination are in Europe. The agreement between Europe and Libya has made it almost impossible for the traffickers to get them to the promised lands.Some end up in prostitution, whilst some sell their kidneys and other parts for a living. Those who are “lucky” to get to Europe come empty-handed. No certificates, not even a birth certificate, even though they claim to have their WASC or HSC or BSC or Diploma.