FG begins evacuation of 5,037 Nigerians stranded in Libya

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: Reuters

A Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has arrived Libya to commence the process of massive evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the North African country back home.

According to statement issued yesterday by the Head, Media and Public Relations, Sani Datti, the delegation comprised Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Maihaja and other heads of relevant agencies.

Datti added that the delegation arrived Tripoli, Libya on Wednesday ahead of the actual evacuation operation that is expected to commence today with the airlift of the stranded Nigerians by two indigenous carriers engaged for the exercises.

According to the statement, a total of 5,037 stranded citizens have been identified for evacuation back home.

β€œThe Nigerian mission in Libya is coordinating the identification of the Nigerian migrants with the support of the International Organization for Migration and are being joined by a technical team for the evacuation exercise comprising representatives of all relevant agencies.’’

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