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Nigeria Evacuates 499 of its Citizens From Libya Unrest

Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria today evacuated 499 of its citizens stranded in Libya, a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said.

“NEMA is coordinating other agencies to bring back about 2,000 Nigerians,” spokesman Yushau Shuaib said by phone.

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi came under increased pressure as the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to freeze his assets and protesters controlling the east of the country said they were naming a provisional government.

Almost 100,000 people have crossed Libya’s borders with Egypt and Tunisia amid a “humanitarian emergency,” the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva said in a statement today.

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