No fewer than 163 Nigerians who are illegal immigrants trying to find their way into Europe through the Mediterranean Sea in search of the proverbial greener pasture but got stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to the country on Tuesday.
The chartered aircraft conveying the returnees landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos around 3:30pm.
The International Organization of Migration (IOM) facilitated their return.
The returnees received at the Hajj Terminal by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) comprised of 92 adult females; 62 adult males; seven children, and two infants. Among them were three unaccompanied minors while three of the deportees require medical care.
About 1000 were assisted to return home from the North African country last year while more Nigerians are said to still be stranded in the country.