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Libya Slave Trade: 1,295 Nigerians returned home in November – NEMA

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-Security agencies were on ground to receive the returnees from Libya.

-Returnees arrived Nigeria in different batches between Nov. 6 and Nov.30

1,295 Nigerians evacuated from Libya in November – NEMA

1,295 Nigerians have willingly returned from Libya in November after being trapped in the embattled country in a bid to cross to Europe.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed  the information on Thursday

The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, disclosed the number of returnees, while receiving a new batch of 150 Nigerians who returned to Nigeria on Thursday

The Nigerians came back to the country in different batches between Nov. 6 and Nov. 30 with the support of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

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The returnees were brought home via a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number:6A-DMG.

The aircraft touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 9.15pm on Thursday.

The returnees include 13 female adults and one teenage girl, were 133 male adults, two teenage boys and one baby boy.

They were welcomed on behalf of Maihajja by the South West Zonal coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu.

Officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police were at the airport during the arrival of the returnees.


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