Two hundred ninety-eight Nigerians who had become stuck in Libya were returned to Nigeria on separate chartered planes at the beginning of this week.
On Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a statement detailing the situation.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA’s Lagos State Territorial Coordinator, said that with the help of the IOM and the UN’s Migrants’ Protection and Assistance Programme, the repatriates were flown back to the country from a jail in Libya.
The first group of 161 returning citizens arrived in Nigeria on August 21, 2023, while the second group, consisting of 137 people, came on August 27, 2023.
A Boeing 737-800 registered to Al Buraq Air arrived at the Cargo Wing of Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja at 5:38 p.m. on Monday with the second group of returnees.
They all returned with stories of their ordeals in Libyan jails, Farinloye claimed.
According to the BANKPAWA, the returnees became stuck in Libya while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.