No fewer than 154 Nigerians had been deported from Libya yesterday October 9
Immigration sources disclosed that they were (deportees) received at the Murtala Muhammed International airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 4.00 pm, yesterday October 9.
The return of the deportees, another source hinted, was facilitated by the assistance of the International office for Migration (IOM).
The IOM has been instrumental for the voluntary return of many Nigerians caged in the crisis that has engulfed Libya for some years now.
Apart from those trapped in the Libyan crisis, a number of the deportees also include those attempting to make their way to Europe.
The NATION reports that the deportees arrived on board a Libyan Airline aircraft, an airbus A330-200 with license number 5A-LAT.
On hand to receive them were officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Police, the Air Force and the IOM.
The returnees comprised 96 women and 58 men. There were 9 pregnant women, 3 minors and 3 others with medical challenges.
Abusrewi Zakariya, an IOM doctor, was also on board to provide first aid to the sick ones.
Head of IOM in Lagos, Nahashon Maina Thuo, said yesterday’s repatriation was the 4th this year that the organisation would assist Nigerians who volunteered to return home after they were stranded in Libya