Lagos - Another 140 Nigerians who voluntarily agreed to
return to Nigeria from Libya where they have been stranded on Tuesday arrived
the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Lagos, aboard a Libyan Airlines plane.
Among the 140 returnees were 74 adult females, 52 adult
males, one female child, two male children, three female infants, two male
infants and six unaccompanied kids, out of which five are female and one male.
Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi, Director General, National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the International Organisation for
Migration (IOM), facilitated their journey back into the country.
Sidi, who was represented by Dr Onimode Bandele, Deputy
Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA said:
“What makes this special is that we have four minor
accompanied among them.
“We have to do proper training to see that these people are
united with their families.
“We have three medical cases on board and our doctors are
aware of their cases and waiting to attend to them,” he said.
The director general thanked the IOM that made it possible
for the Nigerians to return home and the Nigeria government who mobilised
different agencies for the exercise
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He advised the returnees to stop running away from the
country, adding that they should stay to develop the country together with
“My advice for you is to sit down at home, struggle and
let’s develop our country. The country you are running to, their citizens
developed it. If all of us run out of the country, who will develop it.
“So let stay back, struggle, work hard and ensure that our
country is a better place for us,” he said.
Head of Lagos Office of IOM, Dr Nahashon Thuo, said most of
the returnees were trying to cross to Europe without valid immigration papers.
Thuo said they were arrested by Libyan Immigration.
He, whoever, said the returnees indicated their interest to
return to Nigeria, adding that they would be given 50 dollars each by the
One of the returnees, Mrs Ifeoluwa Adeosun said she sold all
her property to travel to Germany when her husband died.
Ifeoluwa is an indigene of Owo in Ondo State.
She said she decided to go abroad in search of the means to
take care of her children after the demise of her husband.
She thanked IOM and Federal Government for her trip back to
Nigeria, adding that she suffered a lot in Libya.
Adeosun appealed to the Federal Government to evacuate other
Nigerians in Libya, adding that they were suffering there.
Several government agencies were on hand to receive the
returnees. Among the agencies were the Nigeria Immigration Service, Port Health
from the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Agency against Trafficking
in Persons (NAPTIPs)
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