Libya Deports 154 Nigerians

Libya

Not more than one hundred and fifty-four Nigerians were yesterday deported from Libya.

According to sources at the Nigerian Immigration office, the deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 4.00 pm.

The sources also said their return was facilitated by the assistance of the International Office for Migration (IOM).

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The IOM has been instrumental in the voluntary return of many Nigerians trapped in the crisis that has engulfed Libya for some years now and those trying to migrate to Europe.

 It was learnt that the returnees arrived on board a Libyan Airline aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 with registration number 5A-LAT.

Officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the IOM, Air Force and the Police, were on ground to receive the deportees.

The returnees comprised 96 women and 58 men among which were nine pregnant women, three minors and three others with medical challenges.

An IOM doctor, Abusrewi Zakariya, was also on board to provide first aid to the sick ones.

Head of IOM in Lagos, Nahashon Maina Thuo, said yesterday’s repatriation was the fourth this year that the organisation would assist Nigerians who volunteered to return home after they were stranded in Libya

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