The Global Organisation for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli, on Tuesday efficiently repatriated 162 Nigerians stranded in Libya.
Kabiru Musa, Charge d’ Affairs of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, disclosed this in a observation on Tuesday in Abuja.
The 162 are anticipated to reach in Nigeria on Wednesday by means of the Murtala Mohammed Global Airport, Lagos, with extra to be evacuated in the impending weeks.
Mr Musa acknowledged they incorporated victims of human trafficking and irregular migrants on voluntary return, who took Libya as a transit country, amongst others.
The repatriation exercise is segment of IOM’s humanitarian voluntary return of migrants to their dwelling nations, some of whom encountered challenges of deprivation, loss of freedom, violation of their rights and maltreatment.
He moreover talked about that the IOM and the Nigerian Mission in Libya, supported by the Federal Ministry of International Affairs, evacuated the stranded Nigerians after intervening in rescuing them from Libyan detention services and products.
“The evacuated Nigerians departed Mitiga Global Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Plane at 22.00 local time and could most certainly well arrive at Murtala Mohammed Global Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday, 1.30 hours Nigerian time,” the observation disclosed. “Libyan authorities raided the build of irregular migrants on October 1, in an enormous crackdown in opposition to migrants staying unlawfully in the country. Over 4,000 aliens, in conjunction with vulnerable females and adolescence, were arrested all the arrangement by means of the operation and detained in overcrowded services and products.”
It added that the Nigerian Mission, as segment of its consular tasks, intervened and secured the launch of one of the fundamental fundamental detained Nigerians and thereafter sought the serve of IOM for his or her protected return to Nigeria. The repatriation exercise with the give a boost to and shut cooperation of the Ministry of International Affairs, Abuja, the Libyan Authorities, IOM Libya and IOM Nigeria “used to be conducted in rotund compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.”
“On arrival, the returnees will most certainly be got by the IOM in Nigeria, the build they’ll be anticipated to exercise a pair of days with the Organisation sooner than they’ll be provided with transportation to their various locations,” the observation added. “Basically the most vulnerable ones amongst them are to lift pleasure in reintegration support by IOM.”