On Monday, the Federal Government successfully repatriated a group of 161 Nigerians whose release had been secured from detention centers due to immigration-related issues in Libya. Amb. Kabiru Musa, the Charge D’Affaires En Titre of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, confirmed this development in a statement
Amb. Musa explained that the Nigerian Mission in Libya, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Libyan authorities, played a pivotal role in securing the release of the detained Nigerians. The repatriation was aimed at providing them with the opportunity to return to Nigeria and rebuild their lives.
The evacuees, consisting of 87 males, 68 females, five children, and one infant, departed from Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli aboard a chartered flight with the designation No. UZ0189. They were en route to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, where they were expected to arrive on the same Monday night.
Amb. Musa emphasized that the repatriation was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and dignity of all Nigerian citizens abroad. He also stated that, along with their repatriation, the evacuees were educated about the risks associated with irregular migration. They were cautioned against embarking on such perilous journeys again and were encouraged to share their experiences to deter others from pursuing similar paths.
It’s worth noting that the repatriation effort was conducted under the IOM/FG Voluntary Humanitarian Repatriation (VHR) exercise, which has already seen the return of nearly 6,000 stranded Nigerians from various countries in 2023.