ABUJA – MORE than 300 Nigerian and Gambian migrants stranded in Libya have been flown back to their respective countries this week.
The 171 Nigerians (76 males and 95 females) and 141 Gambian men were attempting to go to Europe via the North African country, to no avail.
The International Office of Migration has facilitated their deportation after coordinated with Libyan, Nigerian and Gambian authorities.
IOM disclosed among the passengers on the Nigerian flight were 13 unaccompanied minors, comprising of 12 girls and 1 boy.
Eleven have have received family tracing assistance from IOM Libya’s protection team, funded by the Government of Italy.
There was also a victim of human trafficking and a disabled person who required a medical escort.
The United Kingdom Foreign Office, Government of the Netherlands and the European Union’s Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace funded IOM’s return assistance programme.
– CAJ News