167 stranded Nigerians in Libya return to the country

By Olayinka Ajayi

Libya Returnees
Libya Returnees

The new set of returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja in Lagos on Monday.

Received by the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Suleiman Yakubu, in company of other officials of the agency.

The flight Boeing 737-800 with Registration number 5A-DMH arrived at the airport with 145 male adults, 21 female adults, and one male.

Amongst them are three returnees with medical cases who have been attended to by medical officials of NEMA and that of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Two were diagnosed with trauma-related ailments while the third person was diagnosed with a mental-related illness.

According to NEMA: “The trauma related patients are in stable condition and the other has been referred to an appropriate hospital for adequate treatment.”

Hundreds of Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned to the country in the past weeks with the help of the IOM and the European Union among other concerned partners, following their awful experience in the North African country.”

The arrival of the latest batch comes four days after 249 Nigerian migrants returned to the country with the aid of the IOM and EU.”

While receiving some of the returnees earlier, Mr Yakubu admonished the returnees to learn from the bitter experience they got in the course of their unpalatable sojourn and make better use of opportunities abound in Nigeria.

There’s nowhere like home and Nigeria is a peculiar nation that God has endowed with bountiful resources that everyone can harness and prosper,” he said.

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