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Nigeria

Three pregnant women, others rescued in Libya

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday received 152 Nigerians, assisted back to the country from Libya, by the International Organisation for Migration.

The returnees, who arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 9.10pm, were made up of 69 adult females including three pregnant women, 73 adult males, four children and six infants.

The agency said it had received 457 people from Libya through the assistance of the European Union and the IOM, this year, while 6, 804 were rescued in 2017.

NEMA’s South West Zonal Coordinator, Yakubu Suleiman, who received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government, said more distressed Nigerians would be assisted back home from Libya.

He stated that the offices of the Senior Special Assistant on MDGs and Diaspora Matters to the President had been supporting the returnees by empowering them with mobile phones to facilitate easy access to their families.

He added that the returnees would also be assisted with reintegration into the society.

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