Another set of 154 Nigerians were deported from Libya yesterday barely one and half months after 241 arrived from there.
It was learnt that the deportees arrived the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) around 5:00pm and were received by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Nigeria Police, Air Force Command and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) who facilitated their return to Nigeria.
The returnees comprised 96 females and 58 males. Among the 96 females were nine pregnant women, three minors and three others with serious medical issues.
It was further gathered that the returnees attempted to cross to Europe in search of greener pastures but failed in their mission and became stranded in Libya for weeks before the intervention of IOM.
Head of IOM in Lagos, Nahashon Maina Thuo disclosed that yesterday’s exercise was the fourth time in 2016 that the organization would assist Nigerians who volunteered to return home after they were stranded in Libya.
NEMA’s Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Salisu Mohammed (rtd) said the agency would assist the returnees to get to their destinations.