No fewer than two hundred and fifty-eight more Nigerian returnees from Libya arrived the country on Thursday aboard a chartered Airbus A330-200 operated by Libya Airlines. The returnees comprise two hundred and twenty-nine male adults, twenty-four females, four children and one infant. Their return was facilitated by the International Organization for Migration and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said the returnees came back voluntarily and most of them were artisans who had gone in search of greener pastures.
NEMA’s Deputy Director in charge of Search and Rescue, Dr. Bandele Onimode, who represented the Director-General, Alhaji Mustang Maihajja, disclosed that some of the returnees have medical issues, with some of them suffering from depression and malnutrition, while one person sustained gun injury.
He also noted that the agency is in touch with the returnees’ various state governments for rehabilitation programmes for them. Over one thousand, five hundred Nigerians have so far returned from Libya since the beginning of the year, some voluntarily while the others were deported.