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Deportees at the Hajj Camp of the MMIA

Libyan government to deport 220 Nigerians tomorrow

Once again the Libyan Government in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya is deporting 220 Nigerians tomorrow according to a source close to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The deportees will be brought into the country tomorrow afternoon through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on a chartered aircraft.

According to findings the deportees who were picked up from different locations in Libya had resided in the Northern African country for years having entered the country through several illegal routes and had attempted to cross from the Arab country to Europe.

Upon their return, the deportees are expected to go through immigration processes at the airport while some with criminal records in Libya would be handed over to either the anti-narcotics agency or the Nigeria Police for further prosecution.

Recall that in June when 162 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to Nigeria, the voluntary returnees and Integration Consultant with IOM in Lagos, Sara Hamo in an interview with journalists had disclosed that about 200 other Nigerians would be deported to the country in August.

Hamo had said, “This is the second time in 2016 that we were returning Nigerians back to base. There are more Nigerians still coming may be in the next two months (August). We already have a request from the Nigeria embassy that some of their nationals wanted to return to their country. Those coming would be about 200.”

 

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