Another batch of 257 Nigerian migrants has returned from Libya on Wednesday after touching down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
A few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another aircraft carrying 257 of their compatriots landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday.
This is coming a few hours after 144 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya.
Statement from the spokesperson of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Mr Joseph Alabi, said the returnees arrived aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft at the Cargo Wing of the airport at about 1.30 a.m.
Alabi also said they were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) after being stranded in the volatile North African country en route Europe.
“We received another batch of Nigerians early this morning from Libya.
“They comprised of 65 adult females, 179 adult males, seven children and six infants,” the spokesperson said.
He also confirmed that four of the returnees had medical cases and were promptly taken away on an ambulance for treatment.
According to him, the returnees were received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Recall that a set of 144 Nigerians had arrived on Tuesday at about 6.45 p.m. aboard a chartered Buraq Airlines aircraft.
They were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by the Wife of the President, Haija Aisha Buhari, represented by the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode.
Newsbreakers had reported that 2,778 Nigerians migrants registered in detention camps in Libya were ready for repatriation.
Also on the ground to receive them was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and officials of other government agencies.
The Federal Government said it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in “accessible” detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.