Another batch of 387 Nigerians have returned from Libya amid tales of woe, barely a week after 401 others were evacuated and brought home.
The returnees, who were brought via aid from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union’s joint efforts, were flown in by two chartered aircraft that landed in Lagos late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning.
It was gathered that the first aircraft, Afriqiyah Airbus 330-300, with registration number 5A-ONR, brought in 245 persons.
Among them are 66 adult females, three female children and five female infants. There were also 169 male adults, one male child and one male infant.
A few hours later, the second batch of 142 arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) aboard Nouvelair airline’s A320 plane with registration number TS-INA. Among them are 52 female adults, four female children and 86 male adults.
A member of the first batch already had a leg amputated.
He told officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) that the injury was due to a bullet wound from an attempt to escape from a private prison. Having carried the bullet-injury for about three months with treatment, the affected leg had deteriorated when help finally came.
Other returnees were temporarily accommodated in hotels for the night.