IOM helps return additional 174 Nigerians from Libya

The returnees were received by officials of NEMA and other government agencies including the Nigeria Immigration Service. Photo : RR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Another batch totaling 174 Nigerians who landed in Libya en route to Europe, were voluntarily deported home Friday, sources said in Lagos.

The deportees arrived early Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on board the Al Buraq Airlines Boeing.

Mr. Segun Afolayan, the Acting Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told reporters that the returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration and the European Union under the Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.

He explained that they comprised 61 female adults, four female children, eight female infants, 91 male adults, six male children, four male infants and an unaccompanied male child.

He added that 10 families, three minor medical cases and three pregnant women were among the returnees.

Afolayan urged Nigerians to stop illegal migration and to be wary of human traffickers, who lure them into perilous journeys with false messages.

The latest deportees are among a long and inexhaustive list of Nigerian youths like their colleagues across African and other parts of the southern hemisphere that are desperately heading for greener pastures in Europe and the northern countries.

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