131 Deported Nigerians To Arrive Lagos Airport Wednesday

* File photo source: The Guardian Nigeria


Another batch of 131 Nigerians  deported from the crisis Libya would be deported to Nigeria tomorrow;  Wednesday, May 21, from  the crisis ridden country; Libya.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will receive the deportees on arrival in Nigeria.

The impending returnees, according to a source consisting of males, females and toddlers are expected to land in the country at 9pm on Wednesday through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The source said that a chartered aircraft, a Boeing 787-800, belonging to Buraq Airlines with the registration number 5ADMG would return the deportees to Nigeria.

The source said that they were deported from the war-torn Libya for illegally entering and residing in the country.

The stranded Nigerians, the source stated would be assisted back to the country through the humanitarian efforts of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and special funding from European Union (EU) for reintegration process for the voluntary returnees after their futile attempts cross over to Europe through Libya.

The source stated that the security agencies at the Lagos Airport had been notified of the impending return of the Nigerians.

The source listed the some of the security agencies to include: the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Department of Security Service (DSS), Aviation Security (AVSEC), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police, and several others.

Recalled that the exercise has been ongoing since 2017 with the 66th flights performed late last month.

As at the last count, over 13, 000 Nigerians have been returned to the country through the exercise.

Most of the returnees had planned to use Libya as a departing point to Europe, but were later stranded in the North African country.

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