105 stranded Nigerians return from Chad


The National Emergency Management Agency, on Tuesday, received no fewer than 105 stranded Nigerians from Chad at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.

NEMA Coordinator, Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nuradeen Abdullahi, received them on behalf of the agency.

Abdullahi said the stranded Nigerians arrived at the airport at about 10pm on board Boeing 737-7k9 ASKY Airlines operated by Ethiopian Airlines.

“The returnees were brought back to Kano under the care of the International Organisation for Migration from N’djamena through a voluntary repatriation programme

“The programme is meant for distressed Nigerians who left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but can’t afford to return when their journey became frustrated,” he said.

Abdullahi disclosed that the returnees were made up of 24 male adults, 23 female adults and 58 children.

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“The returnees are from Katsina, Kano, Adamawa, Maiduguri, Yobe and Taraba States among others.

“They will be undergoing a four-day vocational skills training and will be provided with capital to enable them to set up their businesses and become self-reliant,” he added.

He, however, advised the returnees to be advocates of the campaign against irregular migration.

He also called on Nigerians to avoid endangering their lives by travelling to seek greener pastures in other countries, saying no country is better than Nigeria.

He noted that the agency between May and October 2022, received 560 Nigerians stranded from Agades, Niger Republic, Khartoum Sudan and were trained on various skills acquisition.

Some of the returnees who spoke to journalists at the airport said they travelled out of the country to seek greener pastures.

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