It was a mixed feeling of excitement and gloom at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday received another batch of no fewer than 168 Nigerians expelled from Libya.
The exiles described as distressed and stranded Nigerians were among the Voluntary Returnees who were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with the support of European Union (EU) as a special intervention were received at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Cargo Wing on arrival by Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator of NEMA Lagos Territorial Office on behalf of the Director General of emergency relief body, Mr. Mustapha Maihajja.
The deportees who arrived the country aboard Al Buraq airline landed about 5: 42 am on Friday after 12 hours delay were profiled. They include38 adult females, five female children were brought back while 109 adult males; six male children and 10 infants.
According to NEMA this number brings the total number of Nigerians deported from Libya in the last few years to about 8,096 males and 5,788 females while the number of deportees brought to Nigeria from 16 countries include 15,731 since April 2017 till date.
Farinloye, while quoting the summary of the special EU-IOM and Federal Government intervention since 2017 till October 2019 said Libya has the highest number of returnees.
”Libya has the highest number of returnees with males number comprising 8,096 and female 5, 788; Niger Republic 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco males 42, female 37; Liberia males eight and females four, Burkina Faso males six and females 18; France males three and females one, while Ireland had only one female but countries like Poland, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, Ethiopia had one male each assisted back.
Chad had one male and two females and Cote D’Ivoire had only two females brought back within the periods.
“Estimately, adults males formed 54 per cent and 37 per cent are for females while male and female minors are four per cent each.
In the same vein, the distressed migrants brought back per state of Origin show that Edo State topped the list with 40.6 per cent; Delta 13.3 per cent Ogun 6.2 per cent Imo 4.7 per cent Lagos 4.3 per cent Oyo 4.1 per cent Yobe 3.6 per cent Kano 3.1 per cent and Osun with 2.9 per cent while other states completed the rest.”
“Those that suffered various degrees of torture in males were 31and females were 21; Unaccompanied minors that were assisted back in males were 66 and females were 67; those who were kidnapped out of Nigeria but assisted back in males were 79 and females were 31; single parents males 41 and females are 616; total number of pregnant women brought back so far are 439 while those with various medical issues males 592 and females 804 and migrants assisted back with psychosocial needs are males 523 and females 470 as the summary of the special intervention exercise.”