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Illegal migration: Edo state tops list of 15,731 Nigerians repatriated from 16 countries in 2 years - NEMA





- Another set of Nigerians in Libya have been repatriated back into the country

- The returnees were received by NEMA officials at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Cargo Wing

- Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting coordinator of NEMA, Lagos office, said 15,731 Nigerians have been repatriated back to the country since 2017

Another fresh batch of 168 Nigerians has returned from Libya, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has stated.

According to The Nation, the emergency agency received the returnees on Friday, December 6, at the Murtala Muhammed Airport.

Legit.ng gathers that they were received by Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting coordinator of NEMA, Lagos office.

Another fresh batch of 168 Nigerians returns from Libya - NEMA

Another fresh batch of 168 Nigerians has returned from Libya, NEMA states. Photo credit: Channels TV
Source: UGC

According to Farinloye, the total number of Nigerians repatriated from 16 countries since 2017 is 15,731; 8,096 males and 5,788 females.

Further breaking down the numbers in terms of states of origin of the returnees, Farinloye said Edo topped the list with 40.6%, while Delta came second with 13.3% and Ogun occupied the third spot with 6.2%.

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Another fresh batch of 168 Nigerians returns from Libya - NEMA

The fresh returnees include 38 adult females, 5 female children, 109 adult males, 6 male children, and 10 infants. Photo credit: Channels TV
Source: UGC

Speaking on the health conditions of the returnees, Farinloye revealed that 31 males and 21 females suffered various degree tortures while in detention in Libya.

Libya, a northern African country, has been a hotbed of violence, particularly after the demise of its former leader, Muammar al-Gaddafi. It's a popular route where illegal migrants from different parts of Africa take to get to Europe.

For the past few years, the Nigerian government, in partnership with relevant international agencies, have been repatriating its citizens who are stranded in the country and are willing to return home.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Lagos state government on Wednesday, September 18, gave a sum of N20,000 to each returnee of the second batch of 315 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa.

The batch of returnees arrived a week after another 187 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa.

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The joyous returnees arrived Lagos at about 7.21 pm aboard an Air Peace B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI.

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