Another Batch Of 257 Nigerians Returns From Libya
Timothy Adegbola, LAGOS, Nigeria (GVE) – A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, 257 others have made it back home, making the number of stranded Nigerians that are voluntarily returning from Libya rise to 401.
The returnees arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at about 1:30 am on Wednesday, aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft.
The spokesperson for the Lagos airport police command, Joseph Alabi, said the returnees were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IMO) and the European Union (EU).
“They comprised of 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants,” Alabi added.
He said four of the returnees have medical cases and have been taken away for treatment.
The returnees were received by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri, as well as officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Libya after a CNN report revealed the alleged slave trade going on in the country.
According to the report, the migrants who attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea to the European shores are placed in detention centers across Tripoli, leaving most of them with the option of returning to their home countries.
The federal ministry of foreign affairs had said, in a statement recently, that the country’s embassy in Libya has been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration.
The ministry said the embassy, in collaboration with the IOM, repatriates 250 migrants weekly and had returned 3,000 of them so far.
It also said the repatriation is a continuous exercise, adding that “the embassy will continue to engage the legitimate government in Libya and other stakeholders in addressing the plight of Nigerian migrants in that country.”