More Stranded Nigerians Repatriated From Libya


About 136 stranded Nigerians in Libya on Tuesday arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The returnees, who arrived the airport at about 1:10 am on Tuesday morning, were received by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and other federal government agencies.

The returnees include 86 males, 50 females and eight children. They were conveyed by Medview Air, one of the airlines engaged by the Federal Government to evacuate the stranded Nigerians back home from the North African country.

They were thereafter transported to the reception centre for profiling and refreshment.

Some of the returnees who appeared sick were also attended to by medical officials. One of the returnees who was taken out on a stretcher was moved to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

Eric Ebhodaghe, a Chief administration officer of NEMA who received the returnees on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA called on state government to expedite action in transporting their indigenes home from the reception centre for proper rehabilitation and integration in their various communities.

Earlier on Friday, February 2, 2018, about 2, 465 Nigerians were evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government. The returnees arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport at about 12:25 a.m. on board Max Air.

More batches of the returnees are, however, expected to make the evacuation window as the Government looks to meet the over 5,300 target of Nigerian returnees.

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