No fewer than 161 Nigerians yesterday returned to the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, after unsuccessful stints in Libya.
The persons, who arrived aboard Airbus 320 Nouvel Air aircraft at about 4pm, were voluntary returnees ferried back by the International Organisation for Immigration (IOM).
They are made up of 101 female adults and 60 males . Among them are seven children and two infants. At least three came with medical issues, with one in fractures and immediately sent to the hospital for care. It was gathered that majority of the returnees are Delta and Edo states indigenes, who allegedly have a reputation of seeking greener pastures overseas through illegal entry routes.
Officials of IOM and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received the returnees at the cargo section of the airport, offering food, water and stipend of £50 (N19,695) for all to return to their communities.
Some, who spoke to reporters, were full of gratitude to IOM for finding them, keeping them in custody with clothings and food for weeks before ensuring their safe return to Nigeria. Read more