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NEMA receives 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday said it had received 162 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told TBI Africa in Lagos.

Farinloye said the returnees who were stranded in Libya, departed Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Aircraft Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG arrived Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at about 5.47 p.m.

He said the returnees were received at the Cargo Wing of the Airport who had also passed s through the screening with Nigeria Immigration Services.

“The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed persons.

He said the returnees were 86 female adults, six female children, 13 female infants, 42 male adults, three medical cases, three female children and 21 male infants.

“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.

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

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

Farinloye said the Port Health Unit of the Federal of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs and the Nigerian Immigration Services are part of the government agencies who received the returnees at the airport

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