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IOM programme of evacuating Nigerians from Libya goes on temporary halt

Almost 1,433 Nigerians, who were in migrants centers in Libya, have been evacuated between Dec. 15, 2016 and May 25, 2017, figures from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have shown.

More than 8000 Nigerians are still stranded in Libya with most of them languishing in detention facilities across Libya waiting to be evacuated, according to the Daily Trust website.

The last set of 164 returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos on Thursday, last week comprising 97 males, 53 males, 11 children and three infants.

The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, who was represented by the South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Sulaiman Abdullahi, said the collaborative efforts of NEMA and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) succeeded in repatriating the stranded Nigerians.

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