SPOT­LIGHT

Nige­rian re­turnees from Libya swell as 258 more ar­rive

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA -

Eight days af­ter 149 Nige­ri­ans vol­un­tar­ily re­turned from Libya, an­other batch of 258 on Tues­day came back home from the North African coun­try where they had been stranded en­route Europe. The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that the re­turnees were brought back aboard a Libyan Air­lines air­craft with Reg­is­tra­tion Num­ber 5A-LAU. The Air­bus 330-200 air­craft touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port, La­gos around 8:45p.m. yes­ter­day.

The re­turnees, who were as­sisted back to Nige­ria by the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion (IOM), com­prised of 238 fe­male adults, seven teenage girls and one in­fant, while the male were seven adults, two teenage boys and three baby boys. They were re­ceived by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), Al­haji Mustapha Mai­ha­jja, rep­re­sented by the South West Zonal co­or­di­na­tor of the agency, Al­haji Suleiman Yakubu. 149 Nige­ri­ans had on Novem­ber 6 re­turned from Libya bring­ing the to­tal of re­turnees who ar­rived within the last five weeks to 975.

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