About 12,000 young Nigerians are now stranded, or languishing in various prisons in Libya, on their way to Europe
South West zonal director of National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI), Mrs Margaret Ukegbu, made this known, while receiving another batch of 258 Nigerian migrants who voluntarily returned from Libya, at Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.
She said that about 3,887 illegal Nigerian migrants stranded in Libya had been deported back to Nigeria since February this year.
The fresh batch of 258 illegal migrants who arrived Lagos Airport on Tuesday night, said they include 238 adult females, seven teenage girls, one infant, seven male adults, two teenage boys and three baby boys.
Ukegbu said that the commission had been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant organisations in receiving the deportees.
“These young Nigerians, mostly girls from age 14, were received in different weeks during the period.
“We have found out that the IOM, European Union (EU), Dutch and Swiss governments are involved in the deportation of these Nigerians from Libya,’’ she said.