Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

More Nigerians Return From Libya

More Nigerians Return From Libya

"If they lock you up in a room, you hardly eat, that's number one", Ejike Ernest, one of the returnees, told The Associated Press on arrival late Tuesday in Lagos.

He said the migrants comprised of "65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants".

The spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, who confirmed their return said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at about 1.30 a.m.

It was leant that four of the returnees had medical issues and were swiftly transported on an ambulance to where they can get medical attention.

No less than 257 more Nigerians returned home from Libya on Wednesday morning after the return of 144 earlier on Tuesday evening.

The International Organization for Migration says more than 423,000 migrants have been identified in the chaotic North African country, a lot of them from impoverished countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

They were received at the airport by the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on behalf of the federal government.

On Tuesday night, a batch of 144 stranded Nigerians in Libya was deported in continuation of the massive repatriation of Nigerians in the North African country.

The man is among more than 5,000 Nigerians repatriated from Libya in the past two years, according to Abike Dabiri-Erewa, senior special assistant to Nigeria's president on diaspora and foreign affairs.

The repatriation of the stranded Nigerians, which started in 2016, is in collaboration with IOM which has been providing the chartered aircraft to convey the returnees.

African and European leaders last week drew up an emergency evacuation plan for migrants, agreeing to airlift at least 3 800 stranded in one of more than 40 detention centers across Libya.

As of the time of filing this report, another flight conveying other returnees is being expected from Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

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