No fewer than 175 stranded Nigerians, including children, have been rescued back home from Libya by the Nigerian government.
The returnees, 34 children, 141 male and females were received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency after returning from Libya.
Confirming their arrival, the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, on Wednesday said the returnees, who were received on behalf of the Federal Government, arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, around 11:50 pm.
He noted that the victims were assisted back into the country by the International Organisation for Migration with funding from the European Union.
Farinloye said, “NEMA has received a fresh batch of 175 stranded Nigerian returnees from Libya. The Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, represented by the Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, received the returnees on behalf of the federal government on arrival.
“The returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja aboard Boeing 737-800 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG. The flight landed at the airport around 11:50pm under light rain drops.
“At the end of profiling and documentation of the returnees, the statistics of the new returnees shows that the female adults are 64, female children are 12 and the infant females are five making the total 81 females assisted back into the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding from European Union.
“Also, the profile indicated that male adults are 77, male children 11 and six infant males making a total of 94 males were brought back including four medical cases, two females and two males.
“Other agencies along with NEMA at the reception for the returnees are NUD, FAAN, NAPTIP, Refugee Commission, and the police.”