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580 Nigerians to return from Libya this week

Barely three weeks after 138 Nigerians returned voluntarily from Libya, another 580 are being expected from the North African country this week.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, Joseph Alabi, confirmed the development to journalists on Monday in Lagos.

Alabi said 420 Nigerians would arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Tuesday, in two chartered flights while another 160 would come on Thursday.

No fewer than 138 Nigerians returned from Libya on October 3, after they were stranded on their way to get into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea.

The returnees were brought back due to the expression of interest to return to Nigeria through the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration.

Their flight, marked 5ADM, had touched down at the Cargo Wing of MMIA at about 8.05 pm.

The returnees comprised 65 female adults, two teenage girls, two baby girls, 64 male adults, two teenage boys and three baby boys.

Four of the returnees, who had medical cases, were taken to hospital.

They were received by the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Police.