The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) on Monday said that some 154 Nigerians have been deported from Libya.
This is just as the NIS added that the deportees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos about 4.00pm local time.
A source in the Immigration stated that the return of the deportees was facilitated by the assistance of the International Office for Migration (IOM), which has been instrumental for the voluntary return of many Nigerians trapped in the crisis that engulfed Libya a few years ago.
Among those deported include those trapped in the Libyan crisis, and those trying to make their way to Europe.
It was gathered that the deportees arrived on board a Libyan Airline aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 with registration number 5A-LAT.
They were received by the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Police, the Air Force and the IOM, upon their arrival.
The returnees comprised 96 women and 58 men. There 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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