560 stranded Nigerians repatriated from Libya



    Some of the evacuated Nigerians in Libya arriving Port Harcourt International Airport

    No fewer than 560 Nigerian returnees arrived in Port Harcourt on Saturday night time, bringing to 1,590, the quantity repatriated from Libya since January 7.

    More than 6,000 distressed Nigerians have been deported from troubled Libya in 2017.

    Mr Matins Ejike, South-south Zonal Coordinator, of NEMA and different officers obtained the returnees on Saturday night time.

    They on the airport on board Max Air, with registration Number 5N-HMM at 11:52 p.m with 540 grownup and 20 toddler on board.

    Ejike expressed dissatisfaction over poor response of some state governments in evacuating the Libyan returnees from the reception centre in Port Harcourt.

    He stated that the federal authorities gave the states a most of 48 hours to allow them evacuate their returnees from the reception centre and expressed dismay over failure by some states to stick to the rule.

    According to him, the South-west states predominantly weren’t responding.

    The Federal Government evacuated 1,030 migrants from Libya between Jan. 7 and Jan eight, 2018.

    Meanwhile, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it would prosecute these concerned within the trafficking of Nigerians to Libya to function deterrent to others.

    The Director-General of NAPTIP, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, stated this whereas fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

    Okah-Donli defined that within the strategy of profiling of the returnees, the data of how they obtained to Libya and the individuals accountable can be taken to determine the traffickers and punish them accordingly.

    She stated that her officers and males are at present in Libya to get vital data on these answerable for the trafficking of Nigerians whether or not they’re on this nation or overseas, they have to be arrested and handled based on legislation.

    According to her, if any suspected trafficker in Libya is recognized and the particular person just isn’t keen to come back again, such suspect have to be repatriated to face the trial in Nigeria.

    “Information is essential, we’re in a course of to get helpful data from the returnees that may result in the arrest of these concerned within the trafficking enterprise.

    “We are working seriously to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book no matter who is involved,” she stated.

    Okah-Donli, who’s a part of the Federal Government delegation to evacuate Nigerians from Libya, disclosed that to date 972 returnees have been introduced again to the nation.

    She defined that 485 returnees have been evacuated on Sunday and one other 487 have been additionally obtained in Port Harcourt on Monday.

    The director-general stated that her company had begun counselling of the returnees within the camp in Port Harcourt earlier than they’re taken to shelters for continuation of the counselling.

    She added that victims of human trafficking among the many returnees, after going by way of medical examination and counselling, can be rehabilitated earlier than they’re built-in into the society. (NAN)