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13 Oct 2018

12 pregnant women, 10 babies rescued from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency on Friday received a seven-year-old unaccompanied child, 12 pregnant women and 148 others from Libya.

The 161 returnees comprising 147 adults, four children and 10 infants were assisted back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration, a United Nations migration agency.

NEMA said the flight which arrived at the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at about 3am, on Friday, was the 50th flight of assisted voluntary returnees from Libya since the rescue effort began in April 2017.

The agency said it had brought 10,000 returnees from Libya between April 2017 and now.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, on behalf of the Federal Government commended the IOM and other development partners for their humanitarian efforts on the Special Assisted Voluntary Repatriation.

Yakubu, who was represented by a NEMA Coordinator, Mr. Segun Afolayan, said since the signing of a Memmoradum of Understanding with IOM in 2011, the synergy and partnership had improved the service delivery of NEMA and other agencies.
He also urged the returnees to feel free to disclose their health status as this would help the government to take care of them adequately.

He added that the families of the returnees should encourage them to go for medical examination as soon as they arrived their homes.

The spokesperson for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the agency had on Tuesday, received a batch of 149 returnees making a total of 310 people brought back this week.

“On Tuesday, a pregnant woman went into labour immediately on arrival at the MMIA cargo wing and was delivered of a baby boy by a team of medical personnel,” he said.

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