Just 72 hours after 161 Nigerians living in Libya were evacuated, another load of 161 have returned to the country on Thursday. We now have a total of 322 Nigerians who have been repatriated from the North African country in the last three days.
The latest batch of the Nigerian returnees from Libya were received by the authorities of the National Emergency Management Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The repatriated Nigerians include 62 female adults, 18 female children, 11 female infants, 48 adult males, 14 male children, and eight male infants all of which were sent back to Nigeria aboard Al Buraq Air with flight number UZ389/03 and registration number 5A-WAC.
The coordinator of NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Idris Muhammed, who received the returnees, disclosed that the aircraft landed at exactly 4:10pm Thursday.
The evacuation exercise going on in Libya is in line with the International Organisation for Migration plan in collaboration with the European Union.
One of the Nigerians who came back from Imo State, Adaeze Nweze, revealed that she traveled out of Nigeria in 2015 without the permission of her husband, adding that she couldn’t bear the level of poverty she faced at that time so she forced herself out of the country.
She further revealed that she traveled out of Nigeria with a pregnancy she had for her husband, which she tried aborting in Libya severally without luck. Now, she returned home with a total of three kids including the one she tried aborting.
”I later gave birth to a set of twins but one of them, a boy, died in Libya. Currently, our girls pay up to N3m to get to Libya and most of them are killed. I witnessed where 10 of my friends were killed with guns and buried,” she said.