144 more Nigerians repatriated from Libya by the federal government with the assistance of International organization for Migration, IMO, Tuesday arrived the cargo section of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The deportees arrived the airport aboard a chartered Gurak plane late in the light.
The repatriation of this batch of illegal Nigerian immigrants from Libya is a fall out of the outcry by the international community and Nigerians on the current slave trade going on in Libya. Yesterday’s returnees bring the number of the Nigerians already repatriated to 3,000.
Recall the Charge d’Affairs, Nigerian Mission in Libya, Mr Iliya Fachano, had said in Abuja while addressing protesters at the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Monday that Nigeria embassy officials visit the Libya detention camps weekly where illegal migrants, mostly from African countries, are held.
Fachano said : “The IOM informs the mission once Nigerians are identified among the illegal migrants. We then visit the detention camps; register them and give them emergency travel certificates; then, schedule a date for their return.
“The mission repatriates immigrant Nigerians weekly. Tomorrow (today) being December 5, 2017, 250 Nigerian migrants will arrive in Lagos by 7pm.”
He added that , “They are not only Nigerians there; there are other nationalities like Ghanaians, Gambians; so the Nigerian embassy visits that place to identify its own people.
“So far, we have registered about 2,000 Nigerians now. The 250 will return tomorrow (Tuesday) because no plane has the capacity to take all the detainees at once; and all the detained people are not only Nigerians.”
He also said the moment the immigrants were brought back to the country, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, would receive and ensure they were resettled.
The 144 deportees on arrival yesterday were received by NEMA, IMO, Nigeria Immigration officials and airport security officials