Not less than 140 Nigerian deportees arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) from Libya on Tuesday.
The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Sidi, represented by the South-West Coordinator of the agency, Dr. Onimode Bamdele, was at the airport to receive the deportees.
The spokesperson for NEMA, South-West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the development said:
“A total of 140 Nigerians were deported. While some of them were from the villages and hinterland, a lot of them were imprisoned. But they all had the desire to return home due to the ugly experiences they had.”
He added that their deportation was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerian embassy in Libya. They took off from Libya around 12.30pm Nigerian time and arrived at 4.30pm.
Of the 140 deportees, 74 were male adults, while 52 were female adults and six unaccompanied underaged, consisting five females and one male. There were four infants among the deportees.
Three of the deportees were said to have medical issues and had been taken to the hospital.
It was gathered that some of the deportees went their separate ways while others left in two chattered BRT buses for the Synagogue Church of All Nations. Mr Farinloye added:
“Most of them dispersed to their various states — Benue, Edo, Anambra, Enugu — while we got six accommodated in hotels. Many of them left in two BRT buses for the Synagogue Church of All Nations.”
It would be recalled 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 and in October, the International Office for Migration (IOM), also facilitated the return of 154 Nigerians from Libya.
The IOM has been instrumental for the voluntary return of many Nigerians trapped in the crisis that has engulfed Libya for some years now.