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More returnees from Libya arrive Lagos

A total of 95 Nigerians stranded in Libya arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday night.

• November 17, 2021
A photo of Libya returnees used to illustrate the story

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received 95 Nigerians stranded from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Wednesday.

The acting coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said that the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Tuesday night at about 20:18 with Al Buraq airline with number UZ189/16/5A- DMG-MJI AD15:50.

He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

Mr Farinloye said that the returnees are 60 male adults, 29 female adults, three male and one female teenager, with two infants (one male and the other female).

He said that among the returnees were two males who had various degrees of health-related issues.

“On arrival, the DG of NEMA, Habib Mustapha, implored the returnees to turn a new leaf by looking inward within the country that has been blessed with abundant resources.

He assured the returnees that the federal government and the IOM, along with other international partners, would not disappoint them as Nigerians.

He said an enabling environment would be provided for them to achieve their potentials.

He further reminded them that the pseudo greener pastures that many thought abounds in foreign countries are not true.

He added that with their experience they were in a better position to enlighten anyone still contemplating travelling out of the country.

Mr Farinloye said that the Port Health Unit of the Federal Ministry of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs and the Nigerian Immigration Services were part of the government agencies who received the returnees at the airport. 

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