Libyan Government Deports 241 Stranded Nigerians


241 stranded Nigerians have been deported by the Libyan government.

The deported Nigerians who were said to have been stranded in the North African country arrived Nigeria on Tuesday.

The Nigerians were returned to the country by the Libyan government in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya,

Reports say some of the deportees had attempted unsuccessfully to enter Europe through Libya.

The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos at about 5:45 PM on Tuesday.

Among the 241 stranded Nigerians were 174 males, 67 females, 3 children as well as 3 infants.

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The deportees had gained entry into Libya through various means.

Different expressions could be seen on the faces of the returnees.

Some were happy to be back to their homeland, while others looked sad.

Head of the IOM, Lagos office, Nahason Thuo, speaking to newsmen at the airport revealed that the 241 returnees returned on their own volition.

Mr. Thuo disclosed that some of the returnees had failed to achieve their aim after unsuccessful attempts to cross to Europe.

He further stressed that most of them were arrested by the Libyan immigration service.

241 Stranded Nigerians Willingly Return

Mr. Thuo also informed that the returnee Nigerians were brought by the IOM when they indicated their desire to return home.

Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, Aliyu Sambo, also confirmed that the returnees came back to Nigeria on their own volition.

A physically injured returnee who was aided onto an ambulance told newsmen that he was shot in Libya by his employer.

He expressed happiness with the fact that he was now back home.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIPs), as well as the Port Health from the Federal Ministry of Health, were also among the agencies on ground to receive the returnees.