Barely a week after 161 Nigerians returned from Libya, another batch of 171 Nigerians were yesterday deported from the troubled North African country.
The 171 Nigerians landed at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, at about 4p.m, courtesy of the Federal Government and International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM).
Among the returnees were 109 female adults, two female children and one infant. Males were 49 adults, five children and five infants.
The Federal Government however, assured that the evacuation programme from Libya, being the seventh in about 14 months, will not continue endlessly, but would soon be wrapped up.
Unlike the 161 that voluntarily returned last week, yesterday’s returnees were actually forced out of Libya by the hostile treatment meted out to blacks by Libyan citizens and the authorities.
Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was on ground to receive the deportees, said that government valued their lives, hence had partnered with IOM and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to ensure their safe return.