NO fewer than 253
Nigerians voluntarily
returned from Libya on
Tuesday aboard a chartered
Airbus A330-200 with
registration mark 5A-LAT
operated by Libya Airlines.
The aircraft landed about
6.45pm at the Murtala
Muhammed International
Airport, Lagos.
The returnees were made
up of 102 males, 140 females,
six children and five infants.
They were brought
back by the International
Organisation for
Migration, IOM, and the
Nigerian embassy in Libya.
The returnees were
received at the hajj camp
area of the airport by
officers of the Nigerian
Immigration Service,
NIS, the National Agency
for the Prohibition of
Trafficking in Persons,
NAPTIP, and the police.
Also on ground to receive
them were officials of
the National Emergency
Management Agency,
NEMA, and the Federal
Airports Authority
of Nigeria, FAAN.
Addressing newsmen,
the Director, Search
and Rescue, NEMA, Dr.
Onimode Bandele, said
two of the returnees
had medical issues.
According to him, one of
them was suffering from
depression, while the other
had severe burns requiring
surgical operation.
“Let us thank God that
these ones have returned
safely because Libya is
not what it used to be. As
a government, our advice
is that young Nigerians
should strive to work
hard and tap into vast
opportunities available
in the country instead of
seeking greener pastures
elsewhere,” he said.
Bandele said some state
governments had initiated
various programmes
to rehabilitate and
reintegrate the returnees
back into the society.
He said NEMA would
continue to work with
IOM to bring back
Nigerians willing to
return, adding that the
programme is continuous.
Speaking to newsmen,
the returnee, who suffered
from severe burns on
her face, said she arrived
Libya in February after
making a payment of
N300,000 to her traffickers.
She added that she
suffered the injury
while working for her
“madam” who dumped
her at the hospital.
The returnee, therefore,
appealed to government
for assistance to carry
out a reconstructive
surgery on her face.
A total of 161 Nigerians
had in February
voluntarily returned from
the North African country
where they had been
stranded en-route Europe.

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