ONE hundred and sixty-one Nigerians,
who have been stranded in Libya voluntarily
returned to the country yesterday on board an
Airbus 329 with registration number Nouvelair
The returnees journey back to Nigeria was
facilitated by International Oganisation for
Migration, IOM, after the Federal Government
asked for its assistance after confirming that
some Nigerians were willing to return home.
The aircraft conveying the returnees landed at the
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA,
around 3:30pm yesterday aboard the chartered
aircraft and the returnees were received at the
Hajj Terminal by the National Emergency
Management Agency, NEMA.
The group was made up of 101 females and 60
males, seven children, and two infants. There
were also three unaccompanied minors while
three of the deportees needed medical care.
Addressing newsmen at the Hajj Camp wing of the
airport where the returnees were profiled, the
Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sidi,
represented by the Deputy Director, Search and
Rescue, Dr. Abdullahi Onimode, said the
deportees would be given some token to go back
to their respective destinations. He also advised
those leaving the country in search of greener
pastures to have a rethink and stay in the country
to develop it.
The NEMA boss said, “We are giving them some
stipends. We need to let them realize that the
country they left some years ago is not the same
country they are meeting today. We have moved
ahead and everybody now has equal opportunity
to be the best you can be.”
Some of the deportees who appeared trumatised
said they will never leave Nigeria again.
One of them who gave his name as Stanley Nduh
told Vanguard that the Libya police hung him
upside down after beating him mercilessly. He
said he was not allowed to take any property he
acquired from doing odd jobs.