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Libya deports 168 Nigerians, raising to 15, 731 number deported since 2017


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday   received a fresh batch of 168   Nigerians  deported from Libya.

The  distressed and stranded Nigerians were among the Voluntary Returnees who were assisted back to Nigeria by the  International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the support of European Union (EU) as a special intervention, were received at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Cargo Wing on arrival by Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator of NEMA Lagos Territorial Office on behalf of Director General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihajja.

The Returnees who arrived the country aboard Al Buraq airline landed about 5: 42 am on Friday  after 12 hours delay.

After profiling, the 38 adult females,  five female children were brought back while 109 adult males, six male children and 10 infants were amongst the new Returnees.

Those so far returned from Libya according to NEMA  from Libya in the last few years comprise 8,096 males and 5,788 females alone.

The NEMA official said the number of Returnees brought to Nigeria from 16 countries  include 15,731 since April, 2017 till date.

Farinloye while quoting the summary of the special EU-IOM and Federal Government intervention since 2017 till October, 2019 said Libya had the highest number of Returnees .

He said :” Libya has the highest number of returnees with males number comprising 8,096 and  female 5, 788; Niger Republic 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco, males 42, female 37; Liberia males eight and females four , Burkina Faso males six and females 18; France males three and females one while Ireland had only one female but countries like Poland ,Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back Chad had one male and two females and Cote D’ivoire had only two females brought back within the periods.

He said that adult males formed 54 per cent  and 37 per cent  are for females while male and female minors are  four per cent  each.

“In the same vein, the distressed migrants brought back per state of Origin show that Edo State topped the list with 40.6 per cent ; Delta 13.3 per cent Ogun 6.2 per cent  Imo 4.7 per cent  Lagos 4.3 per cent  Oyo 4.1 per cent  Yobe 3.6 per cent Kano  3.1 per cent  and Osun with 2.9 per cent  while other states completed  the rest,” he said.

According to NEMA, those that suffered various degrees of torture in males were 31and females 21. Unaccompanied minors that were assisted back in males were 66 and females were 67; those who were kidnapped out of Nigeria but assisted back were 79 males and 31  females; single-parent males were 41 and 616 among women.

The number of pregnant women brought back so far was  439 while those with various medical issues were 592 males and  804 females. Migrants assisted back with psychosocial needs are 523 males and 470 female, the agency said.