167 Nigerians Return From Libya
The number of Nigerians stranded in Libya seems to have no end, as the nation has continued to welcome home more and more citizens from the north African country.
On Monday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received 167 stranded Nigerians from Libya, bringing the total number of Nigerians brought back to the country in the last four days to 532.
Airlifted by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with Registration Number 5A-DMH, the returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 7:47 p.m.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).
Among the returnees were 21 adult females, 145 adult males and one child.
The Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Maihajja, who received the returnees confirmed that three of them had medical cases and were promptly given treatment by doctors and paramedics.
Maihajja, who was represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Suleiman Yakubu, said two of the returnees were now in stable condition, while the third person had been referred to hospital for further treatment.
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He advised the returnees to acquire vocational skills or further their education to contribute their quota to national development.
Also at the airport to receive the returnees were officials of Nigerian Immigration Service, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Police.
The return of Nigerians had increased after the CNN released a report showing the resurgence of slave trade in Libya, with most migrants falling victim.