The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Sani Sidi, Tuesday received no fewer than 140 Nigerians, who were deported from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Most of the deportees had been in detention in various Libyan prisons before they were released after the intervention of the International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
The deportees arrived on board a Libyan Airline and many of them left for their various destinations, while others left in two chattered BRT buses for the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
About three, however, were said to have been taken to a hospital following their medical state on arrival.
Confirming their arrival, the spokesperson for NEMA, South-West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, told newsmen at the airport, “A total of 140 Nigerians were deported.
“While some of them were from the villages and hinterland, a lot of them were imprisoned. But they all had the desire to return home due to the ugly experiences they had.
“Their deportation was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
“They took off from Libya around 12.30pm Nigerian time and arrived at 4.30pm. Of the 140 deportees, 74 were male adults, while 52 were female adults.
“We also had six unaccompanied underage, consisting five females and one male. There were four infants among the deportees. Three of the deportees had medical issues and had to be taken to the hospital.
“Most of them dispersed to their various states — Benue, Edo, Anambra, Enugu — while we got six accommodated in hotels. Many of them left in two BRT buses for the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
“The deportees regretted their decision to travel abroad as they had sad tales to tell.
“They said what they passed through was what they would never wish for their enemies.
“The DG told them that even Libya that they went to believe there is no place like Nigeria because Nigeria has the most liberal policies for foreigners.
“He told them to stay back in Nigeria and help in developing the country and we will soon overcome our challenges,” Farinloye added.