Monday, November 28, 2022

FG repatriates 159 irregular migrants from Libya

The federal government said it plans to evacuate every stranded Nigerians in Libya.

• November 15, 2022
Migrants used to illustrate story.[Photo Credit: IOM]

The federal government, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration, on Tuesday, repatriated another 159 Nigerian irregular migrants from Libya.

Kabiru Musa, Chargé D’affaires en titre, of the Nigerian Mission to Libya, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Musa said the 159 evacuees left Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, at 2:30 p.m. and are expected to arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 6:40 p.m. Nigerian time.

He said the continuous evacuation would not end until all stranded Nigerians in Libya who wish to return home voluntarily are brought to Nigeria safe and sound.

“We have again successfully evacuated another batch of 159 stranded Nigerians from Libya. As you know, most of them here are irregular migrants without travel documents and consequently face difficult situations in the country.

“With the collaboration of IOM and Libyan authorities, we evacuated 159 stranded Nigerians, which included 65 men, 61 women, 19 children and 14 infants.

“They departed Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard chartered flight UZ0189 by 2:30 p.m. local time and are expected to arrive in Nigeria via the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, by 6:40 p.m. Nigerian time,” he said.

“Arrangements have also been made by the federal government for relevant agencies to receive them upon arrival and ensure their reintegration into the society,” he added.

Mr Musa said so far, over 3,000 Nigerians had been returned to Nigeria from Libya between January to November 2022 under the IOM’s voluntary humanitarian return programme. 

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu

NationWide

Attacks on our facilities won’t stop 2023 elections: INEC

INEC said it would replace election materials that were lost in the attacks ahead of 2023.

Bruno Fernandez celebrates goal against Uruguay

Sport

Qatar 2022: Manchester United duo send Portugal, Brazil to World Cup round of 16

Manchester United duo of Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro netted the winners in both important fixtures.

Nasiru Idris

Politics

2023: I’ll establish ministry to tackle political thuggery, APC guber candidate says

Nasiru Idris said the ministry would also be mandated to fish out drug addicts across Kebbi.

Elon Musk

Hot news Home top

Apple wants to remove Twitter from its store: Elon Musk

Mr Musk also claims that Apple has suspended majority of its advertisements on Twitter.

Sport

National Sports Festival: 14,000 athletes to compete for medals in Asaba

The 36 states and the FCT will be competing in over 30 different sports in the festival.

Nigeria Exchange (NGX)

Economy

NGX: Investors lose N64 billion in bearish trading

The downturn was due to sell-offs in tier-one banks and industrial stocks such as Zenith Bank, Stanbic Bank and BUA Cement.