No fewer than 154 Nigerians were again deported from Libya yesterday. The Nigerian Immigration Service. NIS, sources said the deportees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 4.00 pm Monday.
They also stated that the return of the deportees was facilitated by the assistance of the International Office for Migration (IOM).
The IOM has been instrumental for the voluntary return of many Nigerians trapped in the crisis that has engulfed Libya for some years now.
The spokesperson of the Lagos Airport Police Command, DSP Joseph Alabi, also confirmed the return of the Nigerians in Lagos.
Apart from those trapped in the Libyan crisis, some of the deportees also include those trying to make their way to Europe.
Asides the NIS, other agencies that were on ground to receive the deportees include the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Police, the Air Force and the IOM.
An IOM doctor, Abusrewi Zakariya, was also on board to provide first aid to the sick ones.
Head of IOM in Lagos, Nahashon Maina Thuo, said yesterday’s repatriation was the fourth this year, he, however, added that the organisation would assist Nigerians who volunteered to return home after they been stranded in Libya.
It was gathered that the deportees comprised of 96 females and 58 males – among which are nine pregnant women, three minors and three others with serious medical conditions.
BuzzNigeria recalls that 241 Nigerians were deported by the Libyan government in August. The deportees were said to have been stranded in the North African country, after gaining entry through various means
Among the 241 stranded Nigerians were 174 males, 67 females, 3 children as well as 3 infants.