Libya: 162 stranded Nigerians return

Libya: 162 stranded Nigerians return

162 Nigerians stranded in Libya have been repatriated to the country.

They comprised 98 women, 28 men, 24 children, and 12 infants. They were repatriated back home, on Wednesday morning, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The returnees arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) from Tripoli, Libya. They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through the Voluntary Repatriation Programme.

This is part of the programme meant to help distressed or stranded migrants who left their home countries in search of greener pastures in Europe but got stuck on the way return to their respective countries.

Sine 2017, the IOM has assisted about 21,000 Nigerians stranded abroad to return home.

According to acting Southwest Coordinator of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, the returnees left Libya at 10:10 pm on Tuesday and were received by the Federal Government officials at 2:10 am upon arrival of their flight.

He said five of the returnees were discovered to have different health-related issues after screening by Port Health Officials.

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