August 26, 2016
241 Europe-Bound Nigerians Voluntarily Return From Libya
About 241 Nigerians on Tuesday, August 23, voluntarily returned from Libya as they were pictured arriving at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
A Libyan airline with Reg 5A-LAR that brought the returnees, touched down at about 4:00pm to the waiting arms of the National Emergency Management Agency officials who received them unbehalf of the Federal Government.
According to reports, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) facilitated their returns in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.
On arrival, the returnees were screened by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) before being handed over to NEMA that provided them with food and facilitated their movements to their respective locations.
The Head of Lagos office of the IOM Dr. Nahashon Thuo said the returnees opted to come back voluntarily and that they were not deportees.
An official of IOM also revealed that the returnees opted to return home because of the harsh conditions they experienced in their bid to illegally travel to Europe.