By Louis Ibah
Libya on Monday deported about 152 Nigerians for entering the North African country illegally .
The deported Nigerians arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) , Lagos at about 4.00 pm. on board a Libyan Airline aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 with registration number 5A-LAT.
Immigration sources at the MMIA said most of the deported Nigerians had sought to enter Europe using Libya as a transit route but were however caught by Libyan Immigration and subsequently detained. It took the intervention of the International Office for Migration (IOM) to get the Libyan Immigration allow the Nigerians to be deported to Nigeria on Monday.
The IOM, in recent years, has worked assiduously to facilitate the peaceful reparation of Nigerian illegal immigrants caught and detained in Libya. Between March this year (2016) till date, the IOM has aided the deportation of about 565 Nigerians from Libya. The highest number of deportees from country was recorded in August 2016 when 240 Nigerians were brought back from Libya.