In collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Nigerian government has successfully evacuated a group of 112 stranded Nigerians from Tripoli, the capital of Libya.
Ambassador Kabiru Musa, the Charge d’Affaires En Titre of the Nigerian Mission to Libya, released a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, confirming the ongoing voluntary evacuation exercise. The government is committed to ensuring that no Nigerian citizen remains stranded abroad.
The evacuees of 55 men, 47 women, six children, and four infants departed from Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport on chartered flight No. UZ01890 at 13:30 local time. They are expected to arrive at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport on the same day.
This marks the sixth evacuation operation conducted by the Nigerian government this year, successfully repatriating nearly 5,000 Nigerians from Libya.
Ambassador Musa emphasized that the government will continue facilitating safe returns for its citizens if they desire to come home. He expressed gratitude to the IOM and the Libyan authorities for their support.
It is worth noting that Libya serves as a transit country for many Nigerians attempting to reach Europe, but unfortunately, thousands find themselves stranded due to human trafficking. These individuals endure harrowing experiences at the hands of their traffickers in Libya, underscoring the urgency and importance of such evacuation efforts.