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Friday, 8 December 2017

Another Batch Of 164 Nigerian Migrants Return From Libya

Nigerian Migrants Return From Libya

164 Nigerian migrants returned from Libya early today. They were full of joy that they have returned home safely.

The return was facilitated by the IOM and they were received by a joint team of NCFRMI officials and other government agencies including the NEMA and NAPTIP.

The returnees comprising 155 male adults and two male children as well as five female adults and one female child and infant were received by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other government agencies at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos.

They arrived aboard a BURAQ airline plane with registration number 5A-DMG which touched down at about 1:00 a.m.
NEMA's Southwest Zonal Coordinator, Alh. Suleiman Yakubu representing the Director General of the Agency, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja who received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government thanked the IOM and the EU for their humanitarian support which has led to the evacuation of thousands of stranded Nigerians in Libya amidst reports of slave auction in the North African country.

The DG enjoined the returnees to learn from the bitter lessons they learned in the course of their unpalatable sojourn and make better use of opportunities that abound in Nigeria.
He said, "There's no where like home and Nigeria is a peculiar nation that God has endowed with bountiful resources that everyone can harness and prosper". 

He charged the returnees to make use of facilities available for self empowerment which Federal and State governments are providing.
Emmanuel Kessh from Delta State, who dropped out of University to embark on the ill-fated journey told journalists he left Nigeria in August, 2017.
He expressed happiness on his arrival, describing his experience as bitter; one that he would never pray for anyone to go through.
He said, "I learned that President Buhari has directed evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya, I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and over there, there is nothing like human rights as they are being treated as animals.

"The President's directive is very important because of the coming election in Libya, many Nigerians might be forced to be involved in the process as tools of the Libyans which can cause further disaffections against the stranded people amongst the various groups in Libya."

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