Barely one week after 161 Nigerians voluntarily
returned from Libya , a fresh batch is being
expected to arrive the country on Tuesday.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the
National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA), South-West Zone, confirmed the
development to the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Monday in Lagos.
Farinloye said the returnees are expected to
arrive the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company
(NAHCO)/Hajj Camp Section of the Murtala
Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by 3:00
NAN reports that 161 Nigerians had on Feb. 14
voluntarily returned from Libya aboard a
chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration
The aircraft had landed at 3.55 p.m. at the
Murtala Muhammed International Airport,
The returnees, comprising of 40 males, 103
females, nine children and nine infants, were
brought back by the International Organisation
for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy
They were received by officers of the Nigerian
Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency
for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons
(NAPTIP) and the Police.
Also on ground to receive them were officials of
the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of
NAN gathered that three of the returnees
needed medical attention, with one of them,
Miss Loveth Omorodion, arriving the country
with a fractured leg.
The returnees were each given a stipend of N19,
695 to facilitate their transportation to their
Addressing newsmen, Mr Nahashon Thuo, Head
of Sub-office, IOM, Lagos, said the returnees
indicated interest to return to Nigeria due to the
harsh living condition in Libya.
He said, “Our role is to facilitate their safe
return to Nigeria. We provided them with
travel documents, clothes and a little stipend to
enable them reunite with their families.
Also speaking, Alhaji Muhammad Sidi, the
Director General, NEMA, said their return was
prompted by a recent viral video showing some
Nigerians being brutalised in Libya.
He said: “When we saw the video, we
immediately contacted our partners and sent it
to IOM to help us clarify it.
“So what you are witnessing today is the effort
of IOM who got in touch with the people over
there; and the returnees you are seeing today
are Nigerians who have shown interest to
Sidi, who was represented by Dr Onimode
Bandele, the Deputy Director, Search and
Rescue, NEMA advised Nigerians to stay in the
country and develop it together.
On his part, the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the government
remains committed to the welfare of Nigerians
all over the world.
Represented by her Special Assistant, Mr
Abdulrahman Balogun, she advised Nigerians
abroad to be worthy ambassadors of the
She said the government had put in a
programme to rehabilitate Nigerians who
volunteered to return from Libya, in order to
reintegrate them into the society. (NAN)