Nigerian returnees from Libya on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos yesterday. One of the returnees attended to by NEMA officials Photo: NAN
162 Nigerians who were said to have been stranded in Libya have returned to Nigeria, it was learnt.
The returnees made up of 132 men, 27 women and three children arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja Lagos yesterday aboard a Chadames Air aircraft marked 5A WAT.
Sources said they arrived the country through the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.
Officials say this would be the second time IOM would aid Nigerians’ return home from the North American country while another set of returnees is expected any moment from now.
Forty-one Nigerians were recently deported from the same country for immigration related offences.
The returnees were received at the airport by officials from the Port Health Services, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Three of the returnees were ill, with two brought in a stretcher and ferried into a waiting ambulance provided by NEMA.
IOM’s Operations Assistant, Mr. Juma Ben Hassan disclosed that one of the male returnees had a motor accident while the one was a victim of fire disaster.
NEMA officials took the returnees for profiling before sending them to their respective states to reunite with their families
Source: Daily Trust