See Photos As Libya Deports About 130 Nigerian Illegal ImmigrantsAbout one hundred and thirty Nigerians were on Tuesday, December 20, reportedly deported from Libya for immigration and sundry offences. The Nigerian deportees arrived aboard a chartered aircraft which landed at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
According to The Nation Newspaper, the deportees comprised of 74 adult females, 52 adult males, three infants and six unaccompanied underage persons.
The return of the Nigerian deportees was said to have been facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which worked closely with the Nigerian government to ensure the humane treatment of the deportees.
The spokesperson for NEMA, South-West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye while speaking on the deportees, noted that “While some of them were from the villages and hinterland, a lot of them were imprisoned. But they all had the desire to return home due to the ugly experiences they had.”
Some of the Nigerian deportees who spoke briefly to newsmen narrated their ordeal in Libya, and expressed mixed feelings on their return.
The deportees were subsequently documented by the relevant security agencies before they were ferried out of the airport in vehicles provided by emergency relief organisations.
Nigerians have been regularly deported from Libya all through 2016, with over 100 people returning to the country on each occasion, highlighting a nagging economic migration challenge.
Notwithstanding the political instability in Libya and the general state of insecurity in the region, thousands of Nigerians have continued to travel to Libya as a means of reaching greener pastures in Europe.
Many of the migrants however get stranded in Europe when travelling arrangements with traffickers break down while some get arrested by Libyan security agencies.
Earlier in the year, President Muahammadu Buhari promised to work with the European Union on measures to address illegal migration.