Another 257 Nigerians return from Libya

Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Immigration officials screening Nigerian returnee from Libya during their arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday. 02040/24/3/2017/Uwalaka Benedict/ICE/NAN

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Tuesday received another 257 Nigerian voluntary returnees flown back from Libya.

Hundreds of Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned to the country in 2017.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the latest returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, in a chartered Airbus A330-200 flight with Registration number 5A- LAT at 9.15pm.

They had been stranded in the course of their failed attempt to cross over to Europe through the volatile North African country.

The returnees were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, while the Italian Government provided the aircraft.

They were handed over to the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Southwest, Suleiman Yakubu, who received them on behalf of federal government.

The females among the returnees comprised 241 adults, two children and five infants while the male comprised four adults, four teenage boys and one infant.

Mr. Yakubu enjoined the returnees to embrace the change mantra of the federal government.

He urged them to remain positive and focused on contributing their quota to national development, instead of seeking greener pastures where it doesn’t exist.

Mr. Yakubu noted that they would not be treated as second class citizens in their own country, unlike what they face abroad after migrating illegally.

He disclosed that the European Union was providing the reintegration assistance, urging them to make use of the initiative and better their lives.

NAN reports that other agencies present when Yakubu received the returnees were the Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Police.

(NAN)


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  • thusspokez

    Mr. Yakubu noted that they would not be treated as second class citizens in their own country, unlike what they face abroad after migrating illegally.

    Even third-class. The traffickers are obviously exploiting the ignorance of the Nigerians who have no clue about the life that awaits them in Europe.

    Nigerian TV channels can help enlighten Nigerians to the danger and misery Nigerian immigrants face when they arrive in (say) Europe. I hear that these people pay thousands of dollars to traffickers to take them to Europe.

    Why couldn’t they use the money to set up small business? Instead of going to Europe to end up in multiple part-time — not even regular — jobs, e.g., cleaning offices and streets, washing pots in kitchens and earning low wages which is not even enough for their accommodation. I have seen how some of these people live, it is a miserable existence. It is indeed work work work and hand to mouth existence.

    Nigerians in Nigeria should not be deceived by some diaspora Nigerians when they go to Nigeria on holidays wearing all bright new clothes, latest this, latest that, mobile phones, gold chains, crocodile-skin shoes, branded trainers, ripped jeans, fake European/American accents etc., to impress local people particularity, village girls whom they want their hand in marriage. The stuff that they are showing off are usually bought on credits. They would return to Europe or US usually, with mountain of debts awaiting them; and back to another round of miserable existence.

    • FreeNigeria

      looks like you’re speaking from experience. But good talk though

      • thusspokez

        Of course, I am speaking from experience, albeit not a life that I or any member of my family had encountered.