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Additional 262 Nigerians sent back from Libya

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Another batch of 262 Nigerians have returned home from Libya with the help of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

The returnees arrived aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-LAR, which landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 10p.m on Wednesday.

They chose to voluntarily return to Nigeria, after being stranded in Libya, and were made up of 108 males, 135 females, eight children and 11 infants.

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They were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, and the Police.

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Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

NEMA Director General, Mustapha Maihaja said while addressing newsmen, that the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to ensure that Nigerians stranded in Libya are brought back home.

Represented by Suleiman Yakubu, Zonal Coordinator, South West, the NEMA DG, said both the federal government and state governments had initiated various programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.

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He further advised Nigerians, especially the youth, to take advantage of the enormous opportunities available in the country.

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Thousands of Nigerians have been flown back home from the North African country with the help of the IOM.

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