NEMA receives 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya



National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had received 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya through Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Acting Coordinator of Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said returnees. who had been stranded in Libya, departed Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Aircraft Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG.

He said that they arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 5. 47 p.m.

Farinloye said that returnees were received at Cargo Wing of Airport.

returnees were brought back to country International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through voluntary repatriation programme for distressed persons,” he said.

Farinloye said returnees comprised male and female adults, children and infants, while there were three medical cases.

“Returnees will be kept for seven days in a transit for isolation period during which training and other medical process will be conducted for them.

IOM has been assisting several Nigerians back to country since 2012 in a special programme sponsored European Union for young Nigerians who had intended travelling out of country in search of greener pastures but got stranded in Libya.

“About 19,000 Nigerians have been brought back till date,” he said.

Farinloye said that Port Health Unit of Federal Ministry of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs and the Nigerian Immigration Services are part of the government agencies that received the returnees at the airport. (NAN)

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