The source explained to our correspondent that those deported for drug and criminal offences were handed over to police for further prosecution while others with civil and immigration related offences were released after their profiling by the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at the airport.
On the same day Nigerians were being deported, Mali, in conjunction with the Nigerian government, evacuated 41 Nigerian girls who had been trafficked into Mali.
Their sponsors, six in number, were arrested and deported to Nigeria.
Last week, 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya. Some of the returnees, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), had spent between six months and two years doing menial jobs.
Between January and February 2017, no fewer than 700 Nigerians have been deported from several countries, including the United States and countries in Europe