Nearly 1,300 Nigerians repatriated from Libya in November


Nearly 1,300 Nigerian migrants were brought home from Libya in November — nearly twice as many as in the previous month, the head of the National Emergency Management Agency said on Friday.

“1,295 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in November after being stranded in the volatile North African country en route (to) Europe,” said Mustapha Maihaja.

Maihaja said his compatriots were sent back in batches between November 6 and November 30, with the help of the International Organization for Migration and the European Union.

He met some 150 as they touched down at Lagos airport late on Thursday.

Nigerians make up the majority of undocumented migrants trying to make the treacherous crossing via the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

Repatriations of Nigerians from Libya began nearly a year ago but numbers have increased in recent months.

In October, 826 were returned. Between…

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