241 Nigerians Voluntarily Return From Libya (Pic)

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Our correspondent gathered that some of the deportees had attempted to cross from Libya to Europe, but they could not accomplish their mission for various reasons.

The Libyan government, in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya, deported 241 Nigerians who were stranded in the North African country on Tuesday.

Our correspondent gathered that some of the deportees had attempted to cross from Libya to Europe, but they could not accomplish their mission for various reasons.

The aircraft carrying the returnees touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at 5:45 PM.

The returnees comprised of 174 males and 67 females, including three children and three infants.

No fewer than three of the returnees came back into Nigeria with health issues and were stretched out of the aircraft into a waiting ambulance with stretchers.

The returnees had entered Libya through different means. While some were happy to return to Nigeria, others wore somber looks.

After going through immigration processes at the airport, they were driven to the cargo terminal of the airport for further processing.

Speaking with journalists at MMIA, the head of the IOM’s Lagos office, Nahashon Thuo, said that 241 returnees were brought back from Libya on their own volition.

Mr. Thuo explained that some of the returnees had attempted to cross to Europe from the Northern African country, but failed to achieve their aims, stressing that most of them were arrested by the Libyan immigration service.

He further stated that they were brought by the IOM when they signaled their intention to return home.

Also speaking, Aliyu Sambo, the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed that the returnees came back to Nigeria on their own volition.

One of the returnees, who was assisted into a NEMA ambulance, told journalists that he was shot in Libya by the man he was working for, adding that it was good he came back.

The returnees on alighting from the Libyan Airlines were directed into a waiting coastal bus that conveyed them to where documentation would take place.

Other agencies on hand to receive the returnees include Nigeria Immigration Service, Port Health from the Federal Ministry of Health, and the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIPs).

SaharaReporters had reported yesterday that some Nigerians would be returned to the country today.

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