NEMA, IOM fly back 126 Nigerians stranded in Libya


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday in Lagos received 126 Nigerians stranded in Libya.

The citizens were brought back with the assistance of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.

Acting NEMA Coordinator in Lagos, Ibrahim Farinloye spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Farinloye said the Nigerians were received at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The returnees arrived aboard a Boeing 700-787 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.

They include 46 male adults, 62 female adults, two male and six female children, as well as four female and six male infants.

Farinloye said many were being deceived with promises of relocation assistance to Iraq, Egypt, Dubai in UAE, etc., but end up in connection houses in Libya.

”We admonish the returnees on the need to realise that there’s no country better than Nigeria”, the official noted.

”There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands.”

The officials of Nigeria Immigration Service, Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Police also received the citizens.

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