242 Nigerians returned from Libya on Tuesday evening.
The federal government had on Monday, promised to intervene and rescue Nigerian migrants in the North African country, as they called for help.
The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (Southwest Zonal Office), Lagos confirmed this development saying that “only 239 were originally recorded in the sent manifest and 3 extra people came in with the flight. They have now been properly profiled and registered.”
The return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and a joint effort of Nigerian agencies led by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), NEMA, NAPTIP and others.
In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it was liaising with the Libyan officials on repatriating Nigerians from the country.
The ministry spokesman, Tiwatope Elias-Fatile said the mission has been visiting detention camps to identify Nigerians for registration and to issue Emergency Travelling Certificates to them.
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 ministry said that the mission in Libya had addressed kidnapping of Nigerians for ransom by foreigners, adding that other cases involving Nigerians who kidnapped their compatriots for ransom in Libya were equally reported to the embassy for intervention.
“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.
Nigerian singer, Nikki Laoye, who also champions the cause of refugees and internally displaced persons through her involvement in Non-Governmental Organisation works said the officials were expecting 239 returnees.
Laoye, the Founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation also reported that officials of National Emergency Management Agency, International Organisation of Migration and National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons were there to receive the Libyan returnees.
“Food, accommodation, and financial assistance would be given to them,” Laoye wrote in a Facebook post from the airport. “This has been the general procedure since last year as over 3,000 Nigerian Migrants have been returned from Libya.”