More Nigerians Return From Libya
At least 9, 822 stranded Nigerians have been assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from 10 different countries in 18 months, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.
This was made known by NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator, South West Zone, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, while receiving another batch of 153 Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) from Libya today.
He said majority of the returnees were from Libya with about 8,657 voluntary returnees, while others were brought back from Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, Burkina Faso, France, Ireland, Austria and Poland made up the remaining balance.
Suleiman said IOM was working with NEMA and other federal agencies to ensure that the returnee got adequate humanitarian assistance since the exercise started.
He said the returnees were brought back between April 2017 and September 2018.
“The IOM analysis of the exercise reveals that out of the total figure, 59 per cent of the returnees are males and 41 per cent are females.
“Further analysis shows that out of the above, 57 per cent are adult males, adult females consisted of 37 per cent , minor males are three per cent and minor females are also three per cent,”he said.
Suleiman said 215 women returned pregnant, 214 males and 141 females suffered various degree of medical problem
He also disclosed was that there were 59 males and 52 females unaccompanied minors while about 24 males and 174 females need psycho social first aid.
Naija News understands that the new batch of returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 1.05 a.m. on Friday.
The Nigerians, comprising of 97 males and 56 females, arrived aboard a Libyan Airline with registration No: 5A-DMG and flight No: BRQ 189.