Libyan authorities have deported 138 stranded Nigerians.

The deportees were empty-handed by people smugglers in Libya as they attempted to cross to Europe.

Those repatriated include 65 female adults, two teenage girls and two infant baby girls, while the male adults are 64, two teenage boys and three infants.

They arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 8.05pm.

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The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South-West, Suleiman Yakubu, said four of the returnees were critically ill and in need of urgent medical attention.

He urged the returnees to look forward to a brighter future as the government has put various initiatives in place to tackle challenges facing the country, with the aim of restoring hope to all Nigerians.

“Nigeria is already on the right track to its lost glory with efforts to create more job opportunities in various fields of endeavour,” he said.

Other Agencies that joined NEMA in the exercise were National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Police and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

At least 300 Nigerians have arrived alive at the borders of Spain, Italy and France over the last 9 months.

Hundreds of others who dared to cross the Mediterranean have been declared missing

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