On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, over 400 Nigerian migrants returned from Libya through the Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
It was gathered that an aircraft with 144 returnees came in first and was received by the First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode.
However, after the first aircraft came in by 6:45 pm, the second aircraft landed with 257 returnees few hours later at 1:30 am.
The spokesperson of the Lagos Airport Police Command, Mr. Joseph Alabi, said that the returnees were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).
”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,” he said.
He added that four persons among the returnees had medical issues and are currently getting medical care.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government said it has a record of 2,778 Nigerian migrants registered in “accessible” detention camps in Libya, ready for repatriation.
According to the government, the records of 1119 Nigerians have been brought home in the past 8 weeks.
Alabi added that the Federal Government has made it a duty to make sure it brings back Nigerians trapped in Libya and sold for slave trade.