162 stranded Nigerians return from Libya

162 stranded Nigerians return from Libya

- Four pregnant Nigerian women alongside 158 others have voluntarily returned home from Libya

- They were received at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Wednesday, January 30

- According to report, the returnees comprised of 100 female and 62 males

A fresh batch of 162 Nigerians, including four pregnant women, have voluntarily returned from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The coordinator, Lagos zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, January 30.

Legit.ng gathers that Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 3.30a.m on board a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft.

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He said the returnees comprised of 100 females, including four pregnant women and 62 males.

The coordinator, while welcoming the returnees, urged them to be agents of positive change by joining the campaign against irregular migration.

Muhammed said: “Migration is protected by International and national statutes for movement of people through proper regularisation of papers that will protect and save you against risks of irregular migrations."

He disclosed that NEMA recently hosted a team from European Union on monitoring and evaluation of the special EU intervention on assisted voluntary return of migrants.

According to him, NEMA interfaced with them on the ways of improving the present EU Assisted Voluntary Returnees programme being run by IOM.

He said gaps were identified, especially on logistics.

Muhammed said that efforts were being put in place to close such gaps to make the process smoother for the stakeholders and the returnees.

He said the exercise, which began in April 2017, is expected to end by April, 2020.

According to him, no fewer than 8,808 returnees have so far been repatriated back home to Nigeria from the volatile North African country.

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Legit.ng previously reported that no fewer than 141 Nigerians including 11 pregnant women voluntarily returned from Libya to Nigeria with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

Segun Afolayan, chief planning officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the development in Lagos on Wednesday, October 31.

Afolayan said the Nigerians arrived at the cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, at about 10.45pm on Tuesday, October 30, aboard a chartered Al-Buraq aircraft with registration number UZ189.

He said: “After profiling, we have 71 female adults, three female children and three female infants. Also, there were 53 male adults, six male children and five male infants; among them were two medical cases and 11 pregnant women.”

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