Nigeria at 59: Photo shows 161 Nigerians as they return from Libya on independence day

Nigeria at 59: Photo shows 161 Nigerians as they return from Libya on independence day

As Nigeria marks its 59th independence anniversary on Tuesday, October 1, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received another batch of 161 stranded citizens returnees from Libya.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alhaji Idris Muhammed, coordinator of NEMA Lagos territorial office, confirmed the development.

According to Muhammed, the stranded Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 5.35 am.

Nigeria at 59: Photo shows 161 Nigerians as they return from Libya on independence day

Some of the stranded returnees Credit: NAN
Source: UGC

The government agent said the returnees were brought back aboard an Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG from Misrata City, a 200-kilometer distance from Tripoli, Libya.

He explained that the returnees were assisted home by the International Organisation for Migration and the European Union (EU) under the assisted voluntary returnees programme which started in April 2017.

He added that the stranded Nigerians were received on behalf of the federal government by NEMA and other agencies, including the Edo state task force against human trafficking and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

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"At the end of profiling of the returnees, there were 48 female adults, one female child and seven female infants, 93 male adults, five male children and seven male infants, totalling 161," he said adding that three male adults who had medical issues were immediately evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment.

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