Not less than 258 more Nigerians sent back from Libya arrived in the country on Thursday, May11, on a chartered Airbus A330-200 with registration mark 5A-LAT operated by Libya Airlines. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aircraft landed at 9:43 p.m. at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The repatriated Nigerians who included four children and one infant, were made up of of 233 men and 25 women.
Their repatriation was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. They were received at the Hajj Camp section of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police. Addressing journalists, Julie Okah-Donli, the director-general of NAPTIP, said the agency was particularly interested in trafficked persons.
“After the profiling has been done, for those that have been trafficked, we will take them away to our shelters,” she said. According to her, the agency is working with the international community to clamp down on the trafficking syndicate. “They are doing their investigation and very soon we will be able to come out with effective results,” she said.
The Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, Onimode Bandele said some of the returnees had medical issues. He said some of them were suffering from depression and malnutrition, while one person sustained a gunshot injury.