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#EndSlaveryLibya: Fresh Batch of 150 Nigerians Return from Libya After Failing to Travel to Europe

Another batch of 150 Nigerians, comprising males and females last night returned to Nigeria from the crisis-ridden Libya after they had undergone severe torture in the North African country, according to SaharaReporters.

Most of the returnees had planned to use Libya as a channel to cross to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, but were caught in the web of crisis and could not go further with their plans.
The returnees arrived the shores of Nigeria 10:10 pm on Thursday night through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) aboard a chartered Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the registration number 6A-DMG.
The returnees comprised 13 female adults and one teenage girl while the male adults were 133 with two teenage boys and a toddler.
The returnees who claimed they voluntarily returned back to Nigeria, were received on arrival by officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

They were brought back on the expression of interest to return to Nigeria through the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union.
The returnees were received on behalf of NEMA by the South West Zonal coordinator, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu.
Also on ground to welcome the returnees back home were officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)  as well as officers of the Nigerian Police.

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