According to Daniel Obot, Assistant Director, Relief and Rehabilitation at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the first batch of 80 Nigerians of the 508 repatriated from Saudi Arabia arrived in the country on Wednesday. He said the Federal Government approved the return of the Nigerians who had been living illegally in Saudi Arabia after they voluntarily agreed to come back home.
Abdulazeez Dan Kano, the Director, Consular and Immigration Service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,said that the 80 deportees were from eight states. According to him, 31 were from Kano state, 19 from Borno, three from Bauchi, eight from Jigawa, seven from Yobe, two from Plateau, one from Nasarawa and nine from Katsina. He added that the deportees were mainly women, children and the sick and also said that more deportees are expected to arrive in the country today.