It appears the number of Nigerians in Libya is beyond what people imagine it is.

For months now, hundreds of Nigerians have been returning from the country associated with modern slavery.

The situation tipped after a report showed that Nigerians, who intentionally wanted to make it to Europe, were getting sold in Libya.  

This week alone, 186 more Nigerians returned from Libya, with the aid of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). 

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-West Zone, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

Farinloye said the returnees arrived in two batches at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday.

He said: “Within 24 hours, NEMA has received 186 Nigerian Returnees from Libya on two different flights at the MMIA, Lagos.

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“The flight with 154 returnees arrived the airport at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday aboard a chartered Libya Airline with registration number 5A-DMG. They were received at the Cargo Wing of the airport.

“The other 32 returnees arrived via a commercial flight, which landed at the International wing of the airport on Wednesday at 3:45a.m.”

According to him, the returnees comprised of 99 female adults, 75 male adults, four children and eight infants.

Farinloye said the new arrivals were those based in Libya but voluntarily decided to return home when opportunity came from IOM because of the current volatile state of the North African country.

According to him, the IOM had started training past returnees in batches in order to reintegrate them into the society.