Engr. Mustapha Maihaja DG of NEMA Photo: Twitter

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that 1,295 Nigerian migrants were brought home from Libya in November.

NEMA Director General, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja, on Thursday said the figure was nearly twice as many as in the previous month (October).

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He said: “1,295 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in November after being stranded in the volatile North African country en route (to) Europe.”

Maihaja said the migrants were sent back in batches between November 6 and November 30, with the help of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the European Union (EU).

He said 257 Nigerians landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday few hours after 144 of their compatriots voluntarily returned from the Maghreb nation.

Repatriations of Nigerians from Libya began nearly a year ago but numbers have increased in recent months.