Libya Government Deports 149 Nigerian Migrants, Including Children


The Libyan Government has again deported more than a hundred of Nigerian migrants who have made the unsuccessful journey to Europe through the Mediterranean sea.

According to a report from the  National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the returnees include 29 females, 115 males and five children, arrived the country on Tuesday.

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The new returnees bring the total of Nigerians returning from Libya to 975 within the past five weeks and their return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

They were received by officials of Edo State Government, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Police.

Recall that 26 Nigerian women lost their lives while attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea, although rescuers and authorities in the southern Italian port city of Salerno, where the bodies were recovered suspect the Nigerians could be murdered intentionally.

Therefore the Italian prosecutors have begun an investigation into the deaths of the women, said to be mostly teenagers.

On other occasions, precisely between 2015 and 2016, thousands of Nigerians have been flown back home from the North African country with the help of the IOM.

The Nigerian government have earlier warned citizens against embarking on visionless and dangerous journeys to overseas through illicit means. This followed after the release of videos and pictures of black immigrants being killed in Libya.

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It is a general knowledge that smugglers typically demand thousands of dollars from migrants for a risky journey across the desert before cramming them onto ill-equipped boats for a perilous crossing of the Mediterranean.

UNICEF said women and unaccompanied child migrants rely on people smugglers to get to Europe, often under a “pay as you go system”, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation, trafficking and violence, including prostitution and rape.

The U.N.’s migration agency reports show that 2016 recorded 181,000 migrants crossed between Libya and Italy, more than 4,500 people drowned; at least 700 were children.