About 490 Nigerians have returned from Libya on Sunday, January 7, 2017.
It is understood that the returnees are part of the first batch of over 3,000 persons that are expected to be evacuated to the country over a period of time.
The returnees arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday with the aid of officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and displaced persons.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this is the first time the Federal Government will be sending such a strong delegation to any country to canvass for the release of Nigerians held in what he described as “inhuman conditions.”
Over the past weeks, several batches of migrants have been voluntarily assisted back home after their failed attempts to cross over to Europe through Libya.
On the back of news of slave trading and the brutal experiences of some migrants, which is sparking global criticism, the government subsequently promised to do all it can to ensure that all Nigerian (illegal) migrants are brought back to the country.