153 Nigerians stranded in Libya return

153 Nigerians stranded in Libya return

- A new batch of Nigerian returned to the country from Libya

- The 153 returnees who were stranded in the North African country were received by NEMA

- Nigeria has been working with the International Organisation for Migration to bring back migrants

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 153 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The director-general of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, represented by Slaku Lugard, an official of the agency, received the returnees on Wednesday, August 28, in Lagos.

Maihajja said that the Nigerians arrived in the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 3:45a.m.

According to him, the returnees were brought via Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 aircraft with flight number UZ 189 and registration number 5A-DMG.

He said that the Nigerians were brought by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union on the platform of the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme. He also said that the returnees comprised 59 female adults, four female children and seven female infants as well as 78 adult males, three male children and two male infants.

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News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other agencies which received the returnees included the Nigeria Immigration Service and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.

Others were the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Edo Task Force on Anti-Trafficking.

In July 2018, NEMA announced that it received a batch of 160 Assisted Voluntary Returnees from Libya who were stranded in failed attempts to reach different European countries.

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Libya, Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to help in the restoration of peace in his country.

Mustafa al-Sarraj hailed President Buhari for Nigeria's intervention in Libya through the federal government.

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In his reply to the plea by the Libyan prime minister, President Buhari said that a peaceful Libya will bring about development in the entire African continent because the nation is a top member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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