NO fewer than 131 Nigerians would be deported into the country today from Libya for illegally entering and residing in the war-torn North African country.
The deportees are expected to land in the country at 9pm on Wednesday through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on a chartered Boeing 787-800 aircraft, belonging to Buraq Airlines with the registration number 5ADMG
A source close to one of the security agencies at the MMIA, confided in our correspondent that the stranded Nigerians would be assisted back to the country through the humanitarian efforts of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and special funding from European Union (EU) for reintegration process for the voluntary returnees after their futile attempts cross over to Europe through Libya.
The source told our correspondent that all the security agencies at the Lagos Airport had been notified of the impending return of the Nigerians.
Some of the security agencies included – the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Aviation Security (AVSEC), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Police, Department of Security Service (DSS) and several others.
Besides, it is expected that officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) would receive the deportees on arrival in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the exercise has been ongoing since 2017 with the 66th flights performed late last month.
As at the last time, over 13, 000 Nigerians have been returned to the country through the exercise.
Most of the returnees had planned to use Libya as a departing point to Europe, but were later stranded in the North African country.