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Nigeria welcomes another 168 of its citizens repatriated from Libya

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Another batch of 168 Nigerians stranded in Libya were repatriated on Friday, 6 December 2019, bringing the number of distressed Nigerians brought home from the war-torn north African country to 14 000.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received the returnees at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Acting Coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, received the returnees and reported that the returnees arrived on aboard a chartered Al Buraq Airline with flight number UZ289/190 at 05:42 after a 12-hour delay.

He said that 38 female adults and five female children were on board with 109 adult males, six male children and ten infants, among others.

He said that this had brought the total number of returnees from Libya from April 2017 to 8 096 males and 5 788 females to date.

“This has brought the total number of returnees brought to Nigeria from 16 countries to 15 731 since April 2017, to date,’’ he said.

According to Farinloye, the European Union (EU) and International Organisation of Migration (IOM) are playing critical roles in the repatriation.

“Nigerian returnees from Niger Republic stood at 1 043 males and 556 females; Morocco at 42 males and 37 females; Liberia at eight males and four females.

“Burkina Faso stands at six males and 18 females, France at three males and one female, while Ireland had only one female. However, countries like Poland, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back.

“Chad had one male, two females and Cote d’Ivoire had only two females brought back within the period,” Farinloye added.