FG receives 298 Nigerians deported from Libyan prisons

No fewer than 298 Nigerians have been repatriated directly from Libyan prisons to Nigeria in two separate chartered flights within a week.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) made this known on Monday adding that the first chartered flight returned with 161 returnees on August 21, while the second chartered flight with 137 returnees arrived in Nigeria on Monday.

The returnees, who had spent varying periods in various detention camps in the troubled northern African country, complained of bitter experiences in Libya.

Politics Nigeria learnt that based on the profile of the returnees, 119 were adult females, most of whom are pregnant.

Others are three female children and two female infants, while 170 of the returnees are adult males, three male children and one male infant making it a total of 298 who were brought back to the country.

The returnees who were brought onboard Al Buraq Air Boeing 737-800 flight with registration number 5A-DMG arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja at about 17:38 hours on Monday.

The United Nations International Office on Migration (IOM) and NEMA were among the agencies on ground to receive the returnees.

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