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172 Nigerians Deported from Libya

172 Nigerians Deported from Libya

Many Nigerians illegally living in Libya have been ejected from the country after being found guilty of overstaying their welcome.

The Libyan Government Friday deported 172 Nigerians over several immigration irregularities according to the Nation.

The deportees arrived the hajj camp area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport around 7:00am comprising 166 males and six females.

The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Mr. Ekpedeme King confirmed the deportation with a correspondent on phone, but could not give the registration number of the aircraft that brought them into the country.

The deportees were repatriated into the country with chartered aircraft from Libya.

The returnees were received by various agencies such as Immigration that checked their identities to ascertain their nationalities, Police, National Agency for Protection and Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, and other relevant stakeholders.

As at the time of filing this report, the returnees had moved away from the Lagos Airport to their various destinations. King told a correspondent that the deportees were returned to the country for overstaying their visas in Libya and other immigration offences in the North African country.

He said, “What I can tell you is that some Nigerians were deported today (yesterday) for immigration offences. Most of those brought overstayed Libya.

One of the deportees, who simply identified himself as Chris claimed that he travelled out of Nigeria about two years ago in search of greener pastures.

He however insisted that he didn’t commit any crime in Libya that would warrant his deportation back to Nigeria.

Last November, about 76 Nigerians were deported from three European countries including United Kingdom.

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