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155 Nigerians Who Were Stranded in Libya Once More Arrive Home

May 3, 2024 | International | 0 comments

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) successfully facilitated the repatriation of 155 stranded Nigerians from Libya on Tuesday as part of its continuous voluntary repatriation initiative aimed at assisting distressed migrants.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the returnees consisted of 29 males, 111 females, 11 children, and four infants. NEMA announced this development via its official Twitter handle, @nemanigeria.

The return flight, operated by Al Buraq Air using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG, arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos, at approximately 5:55 pm.

In a statement, NEMA reported, “The returnees, comprising 29 males, 111 females, 11 children, and four infants, expressed joy and relief upon returning home.”

Upon landing, the returnees received a warm welcome from officials representing NEMA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Nigerian Refugee Commission, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and the Nigeria Port Health Services (NPHS). These agencies collaborated to ensure the returnees’ seamless reintegration.

This operation underscores the ongoing commitment of both the IOM and the Nigerian government to assist Nigerian nationals facing challenging circumstances abroad.

It is worth noting that a similar initiative in September of last year facilitated the safe return of another group of 155 migrants under comparable circumstances.

A spokesperson for NEMA acknowledged the significant and consistent efforts of the IOM, in collaboration with the Federal Government, in ensuring the safe return of Nigerian nationals stranded abroad.

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