Libya returnees

No fewer than 180 Nigerians would be repatriated from Libya tomorrow evening.

The repatriation was in continuation of the return of the country’s citizens from the war-torn North African country.

Since the exercise began in 2017, at least 7,000 Nigerians have been returned to the country from Libya with more than 10,000 said to still be stranded in the country.

It was also gathered that another batch of Nigerians would Thursday would be deported from Germany for immigration-related offences.

A source close to Aviation Security (AVSEC), a department under the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), told our correspondent on Wednesday, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, that the returnees would be assisted back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which has been responsible for repatriation of Nigerians from Libya in recent times.

The returnees would also be received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the airport.

The returnees are Nigerians, who had attempted to travel to Europe through the desert and Mediterranean Sea and other illegal channels, but were caught in the web of crisis that has engulfed Libya in recent times.

The AVSEC source said the deportees would return to the country through the Lagos Airport at 8pm on a chartered flight from Europe.

Most of the deportees, it was learnt, are female while no fewer than three of them have medical issues.

Recently, a batch of 171 Nigerians were returned from Libya for illegal migration.

The returnees comprised 70 female adults, including nine pregnant women; 90 male adults; three children, and eight infants, while eight of them returned to the country with health-related issues.

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