According to the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) at least 9, 822 Nigerians stuck in 10 different countries were returned home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in 18 months.
This was disclosed by the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South West Zone, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, while receiving another batch of of 153 Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) brought back by IOM from Libya on Friday.
Majority of the returnees were from Libya with about 8,657 voluntary returnees, while others were brought back from Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, Burkina Faso, France, Ireland, Austria and Poland made up the remaining returnes.
Suleiman explained that IOM had been working with NEMA and other federal agencies towards giving the returnees appropriate humanitarian assistance since the exercise started.
“The IOM analysis of the exercise reveals that out of the total figure, 59 per cent of the returnees are males and 41 per cent are females. Further analysis shows that out of the above, 57 per cent are adult males, adult females consisted of 37 per cent , minor males are three per cent and minor females are also three per cent,” he said.
He also added that there were 215 pregnant women, while 214 males and 141 females had various degree of medical challenges. He further disclosed was that there were 59 males and 52 females unaccompanied minors while about 24 males and 174 females need psycho-social first aid.