A total of 162 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya have been returned home.
On Wednesday morning, the returnees arrived at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).
The total of returnees is broken down as follows: 98 are adult females, 28 are adult males, 19 are female children, five are male children, nine are female infants, and the remaining three are male infants.
Five of the returnees have varying degrees of health problems.
Their jet took off from Tripoli, Libya, at 22:10pm on Tuesday and landed at the MMIA about 2:10am on Wednesday.
They were met by authorities from the Federal Ministry of Health’s Port Health Unit, the National Commission for Resilience, Migration, and IDPs, Nigerian Immigration Services, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) brought the returnees back to the country through the voluntary repatriation program.
This program is for persons who left Nigeria in search of brighter pastures in European countries but are unable to return after their journey is thwarted.
According to authorities, the IOM has assisted over 22,000 distressed Nigerians in returning to the country since 2017.