The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has revealed that not less than 6,000 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in the year 2017.
The agency revealed that a total of 6,672 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya between January 6, 2017 and December 28, 2017.
Speaking while receiving the first batch of 257 Nigerians who arrived from Libya, the agency’s Director General, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, stated that the Nigerian government with the help of other bodies including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have helped in repatriating Nigerians from the African country.
Maihajja who was represented by the Southwest Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, encouraged the returnees to collaborate with various government agencies to tackle the problem of human trafficking in the country.
He added while allaying the fears of the returnees of facing “spiritual “consequences for exposing these evil persons, stressing that they had a duty to educate the public on what they went through in the volatile North African country. The new returnees arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 6.05pm aboard an Afriqiyah Airbus A330-300 with Registration number 5A-OMR.
They comprised 152 adult females, 82 adult males, nine children and 14 infants, with one having a medical case. The returnees arrived barely 24 hours after another batch of 157 Nigerians landed in the country from Libya where they had been stranded enroute Europe.