Another 164 Nigerians return from Libya

Another 164 Nigerians return from Libya

No fewer than 164 Nigerians were brought back from Libya on Thursday  in what appears to be an unending repatriation of Nigerians from the war-torn North African country.

So far, about 1,200 Nigerians have been brought back from Libya.

The latest deportees comprise 97 males, 53 females, 11 children, and three infants.

They were brought back in a chartered aircraft through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 6.30pm on Thursday.

The deportees were profiled by the Nigerian Immigration on arrival  to ensure that they were truly Nigerians.

The National emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been collaborating with the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya to bring back Nigerians trapped in various detention centres for  entering Libya illegally.

The Nigerians, mostly from the south-south states of Edo and Delta have sought to enter Europe using Libya as a transit point, but are often unsuccessful in recent years given the tough stance of the Libyan government to rid the country of illegal immigrants.

The Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, Dr. Bandele Onimode, had on several occasions  lamented the movement of these Nigerians to Libya without adequate information and education.

He however, promised that the agency in partnership with other government organisations would ensure the rehabilitation of the returnees and their re-integration into the society.

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