The concerted efforts to evacuate Nigerians trapped in slave camps in Libya is yielding a result with 403 of the migrants returned safely back to the country.
An official from National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) who claimed anonymity informed Global Sentinel about the return of 144 Nigerians from Libya on Tuesday evening at 6.45 pm.
The source said that another aircraft is being expected with about another 250 in the early hours of Wednesday morning ,making it the largest number of Nigerians returning.
“At the airport today to receive the returnees were the SSA to the President on Diaspora matters Hon Abike Dabiri and the wife of the Lagos State Governor Mrs Bolanle Ambode,” the source stated.
However, Global Sentinel was given update Wednesday morning that it was actually 257 instead of the expected 250 Nigerians that returned increasing the number of Nigerians evacuated in less than 24 hours from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning at 403.
“Arrival of 257 Nigerians at 1.40 am this morning on Libyan Airlines. These returnees were assisted in their return by the IOM/EU project .They were happy to be home and many of them said that they would not think of embarking on any such irregular journey again .A large number of returns are scheduled this month. Profiling and registration is ongoing,” one of the Officials said.
The returnees are being screened and profiled by the relevant Nigerian authorities including the NCFRMI, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), NAPTIP, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Drugs Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA and Federal Airports Authorities of Nigeria (FAAN) amongst others.