The Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, has evacuated 161 stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya on Tuesday.
In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, Ambassador Kabiru Musa, Chargé D’Affaires En Titre of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, said the Voluntary Humanitarian Repatriation exercise was aimed at preventing Nigerian migrants from being stranded abroad.
“The evacuees departed the Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli aboard a chartered flight on Tuesday and are expected to arrive at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos later in the day.
“The evacuees are 100 adult females, 37 adult males, 16 children, and eight infants
“They will be received by officials on arrival to facilitate their resettlement and reintegration into the society,’’ Musa stated.
He added that beyond repatriation, the Mission, in collaboration with relevant agencies had continued to sensitise Nigerians against irregular migration which is fraught with danger including forced labour, prostitution, and slavery.
Musa noted that the Federal Government would not relent in its efforts to ensure that no Nigerian was left stranded or abandoned in detention facilities in Libya.