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May 26, 2017

Again, 164 Nigerians deported from Libya arrive Lagos airport

Some of the 164 returnees from Libya facilitated by International Organisation on Migration and National Emergency Management Agencyon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday

By Lawani Mikairu

In what seems like an unending story, 164 Nigerians were again deported from Libya yesterday. The deportees comprising 97 males, 53 females, 11 children and 3 infants arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos aboard a Libya chartered plane at about 6.30pm.

A mother and her kids among the 164 returnees from Libya facilitated by International Organisation on Migration and National Emergency Management Agencyon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday

The deportees were received by officials of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, Airport security officials and the Nigeria Police. According to NEMA, the deportees were picked up from various prisons and detention camps in Libya by IOM.

In March,154 Nigerians were assisted by International Organisation for Migration, IOM, to return to Nigeria from Libya. The deportees were brought in aboard a chartered flight from Libya after they were unable to cross the war-torn north African country to Europe for greener pastures.

171 were deported from Libya on March 7; another 171 on February 21, while 161 voluntarily returned with the support of IOM.

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on February 14 this year. In the last 15 months, 1521 persons have been repatriated and according to the Public Information Officer of IOM, Julia Burpee, over 7000 Nigerians have been repatriated since 2001.