The Federal Government has repatriated 239 Nigerians stranded in Libya facing harsh treatment.
The Nigerian migrants arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos on Libyan Airline plane, yesterday, Tuesday.
An official of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) Nikki Laoye, was at the airport alongside officials of National Emergency Management Agency, to receive the Libyan returnees.
She posted a video of the returnees on the social media with caption, “One of the Nigerian Migrants from Libya couldn’t walk, He was bodily carried off the plane by one of his friends (a fellow migrant). NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) had a wheelchair and fully functional Ambulance on standby which was used for a quick evaluation and transportation of the young man from the tarmac. The young man is one of the 239 Nigerian Migrants who arrived on board the Libyan Airline flight to Lagos, Nigeria ……”
The Federal Government had on Monday, promised to intervene and rescue Nigerian migrants in Libya, saying the it was liaising with the Libyan officials on repatriating Nigerians from the country.
The ministry spokesman of the foreign affairs ministry, Tiwatope Elias-Fatile said the mission has been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration and to issue Emergency Travelling Certificates to them.
According to Punch, he said, “It is apt to add that our mission in Tripoli has been addressing the problems associated with Nigerian migrants in Libya.
“There were instances when the mission received appeals for intervention from some Nigerian families whose children and relations were victims of inhumane acts in that country. The government is also exploring the feasibility of sending aircraft to evacuate Nigerians who are stranded in Libya.”
“The mission had rescued many victims and repatriated some of them to Nigeria, sometimes in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration as well as some NGOs,” the spokesman stated.