- Edo state topped four out of the five batches of Nigerians that were evacuated by the federal government
- The federal government evacuated 2,091 Nigerians from Libya and Edo state had more representations than any other states
- Benue state topped the third batch of the returnees while Edo came second
A data from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has shown that the federal government evacuated a total of 2,091 Nigerians from Libya since the outbreak of the illegal migration that has sparked global reactions, Channels TV reports.
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NAIJ.com gathered that in the data, which showed a breakdown of the figures in batches, Edo state topped the first and second batches.
Total number of returnees in the first batch was 488, comprising 395 males, 88 females and five children.
Edo state topped the list with 273 males, 65 females and 2 children while Bayelsa, Benue, Kano and Nassarawa states, on the other hand, had the least representation with just one male. Kogi and Ondo states similarly had just one female representation each.
The list of the second batch of Nigerian returnees was also topped by Edo state with at least 224 people comprising 171 males, 49 females and 4 children. Delta state was second in the list with 51 people comprising 39 males and 12 females.
Benue state led other states with only 243 males while Edo came second with 132 people comprising 72 males, 55 females and five children. Ekiti, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara and Sokoto states had one representation each.
In the fourth batch, 465 Nigerians returned and Edo state topped the list with 182, representing 120 males, 55 females and seven children. Delta state came second with 43 males, 25 females. Benue, Adamawa, Kano and Katsina states had one representation each.
Edo state, which also came first in the fifth batch, had 44 male, 14 female and two children. Delta state came second with 16 people comprising 13 male, two female and a child. Ebonyi, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Kano and Rivers states had one representation each.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that some Nigerian returnees from Libya narrated sordid tales of how they were kidnapped and sold into slavery by their Nigerian counterparts.
It was reported that 150 migrants from mostly Edo and Delta states returned from Libya on the night of Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Most of the returnees narrated that they were sold by their fellow Nigerians in Libya who were getting rich from the inhuman venture.
Odion Saliu who was one of the returnees said she was a hairdresser before venturing into Libya only to be kidnapped by a Nigerian and handed over to another Nigerian.
Nigerians speak on slavery in Libya - on NAIJ.com TV