Images: Nigeria Evacuates 499 Nationals From Libya
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 27, (THEWILL) – The federal government today successfully evacuated 499 Nigerians who were stranded in Tripoli, Libya following the political crisis in that country.
The flight brought back the first batch of stranded Nigerians from Libya. They arrived the Abuja International Airport safely on a chartered Jumbo jet which touched down at 1.30 am Sunday morning.
The Director General of National Emergency Management agency (NEMA) Muhammad Sani-Sidi who led the rescue team comprising agencies of the government said the exercise would continue till all stranded Nigerians are brought back home.
He said that the federal government has established a special camp to accommodate the returnees who will be discharged after necessary documentations and screening.
Sani-Sidi said that a vigorous screening of the evacuees was done to identify passengers without valid traveling documents as well as those with bad records for safety and security on board and after arrival in Nigeria. He said the second flight departed for Tripoli at 11am Sunday to transport more stranded Nigerians.