No fewer than 4,281 Nigerians were repatriated from different countries in Europe, America and Africa through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos in the first half of 2017, Interior ministry has revealed.
 Also within the same period, a total number of 691,934 travellers departed through the airport while another 560,988 travellers arrived the country within the period.
This was contained in a document made available to aviation correspondents by the Ministry of Interior.
The document indicated that the deportees were divided into two namely; chartered and regular flights.
According to the document, between January and June, 2017, 2,251 Nigerians were deported through chartered flights majorly from Libya and a trickle of European countries.
The breakdown of the deportees who arrived on chartered flights showed that 1,321 of them were males while the other 930 deportees were females.
Besides, those deported through regular flights, which were mainly from Europe, South Africa and a few African countries were 2,030 Nigerians.
The composition of the deportees revealed that just like in the chartered flights, majority of them were males.
 The male deportees in the first half of the year were 1,502 while 528 were females.
 Out of these numbers, some were involved in criminal activities in their host countries and were handed over to the Nigerian Police for further prosecution while those deported for drug related offence were handed over to the officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the airport.
 It was learnt that some of the deportees were handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP).
 The document further revealed that in the first of the year, 691,954 passengers both Nigerians and foreigners used the facilities at MMIA to depart to various destinations from the country.
Out of these numbers, 519,215 were Nigerians and majorly males while another 179,739 were foreigners departing the country.
Also, within the period, 550,988 passengers arrived Nigeria through the international wing of the Lagos airport.
The breakdown revealed that 392,237 of them were Nigerians while the other 158,751 were foreigners from various countries.
It was further learnt that the exodus of Nigerians deported from Libya has increased the number as more Nigerians are still being expected from the North African country in continuation of the repatriation exercise which started in 2016 and facilitated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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