IOM Evacuates 147 Nigerian Migrants Stranded In Libya

No fewer than 147 irregular Nigerian migrants stranded in Libya were on Tuesday successfully repatriated by the Nigerian government, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 

It was learnt that the evacuees, departed Tripoli International Airport on Tuesday aboard chartered flight UZ 189.

This was made known by the Charge d’Affaires En Titre of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, Amb. Kabiru Musa in a statement on Tuesday.

He said; “Under the continuous evacuation exercise of the Federal Government, which is supported by the IOM in Libya, We successfully evacuated another batch of 147 irregular Nigerian migrants who were stranded in Libya.

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“The evacuees included 78 males, 55 females, 13 children, and one infant. They departed Libya successfully and are expected to arrive at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, where they will be received by relevant officials.

“We would continue to evacuate stranded Nigerians who have expressed willingness to return to Nigeria under the IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Repatriation (VHR) programme, in line with the’ renewed hope’ agenda of the present administration to ensure all citizens have a better life.

“We are also pleased with the regular repatriation exercise, which shows that a lot of Nigerians are willing to return home to contribute to the nation’s development,” Musa said.

Musa expressed appreciation to the Libyan authorities, who have, at all times, supported successful exercises.