THE Nigerian government has repatriated 22 family members of suspected former members of the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS) killed in Libya, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has disclosed.
Head of Media and Public Relations (NIDCOM) Abdur-Rahman Balogun said the evacuees arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja at 10:15pm local time on Friday, August 13.
The 22 persons, including children, are said to be part of 101 stranded Nigerians repatriated to the country and were received by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NIDCOM, the Nigeria Immigration Service, among other relevant agencies.
“All evacuees came with Negative PCR test for Covid- 19 and landed at exactly 10.15 pm at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport GAT wing, aboard Airforce C130,” Balogun said.
Boko Haram is believed to be a splinter group of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), which has ISIS as its parent organisation.
In 2015, Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIS.