Over 258 Nigerian returnees from Libya have arrived the country yesterday night aboard a chartered Airbus A330-200, with registration mark 5A-LAT operated by Libya Airlines.
The aircraft landed about 9:43pm at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The voluntary returnees, including four children and one infant, were made up of of 233 males, 25 females.
Their return was made possible by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
They were recieved at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, and the Nigerian Police Force, NPF.
Addressing newsmen at their reception, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, the newly appointed Director-General of NAPTIP, said the agency was particularly interested in those that were trafficked.
“After the profiling have been done, for those that have been trafficked, we will take them away to our shelters,” she said.
She said the agency was working with the international community to clamp down on the trafficking syndicate.
“They are doing their investigation and very soon we will be able to come out with effective results,” she said.
Also, Dr Onimode Bandele, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said some of the returnees had medical issues.
He said some of them were suffering from depression and malnutrition, while one person sustained gun injury.