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New Batches Of 129 Stranded Libya Returnees Arrive Nigeria



The National Emergency Management Agency have received new batches of stranded Nigerians from Libya on Friday morning.

NEMA received the 129 Nigerians at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Lagos.

The Director-General of NEMA, Alh Mustapha Ahmed, who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in Lagos.

He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration.

This was done through a voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.

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Farinloye said that the returnees included 27 male adults, 74 female adults, four male and seven female children, six female infants and 11 male infants, including three males with mental health-related issues.

“Here you have all the freedom to achieve your potentials, looking for greener pastures in foreign is no longer a reality, those countries are not better off when you consider the challenges you encounter there and here.

“You are encouraged to be positive ambassadors toward advocacy and sensitization against irregular migration that leave the youths vulnerable to all sorts of abuses, and death in extreme cases.

“Many are permanently disabled as well as several ones who from traumatised tortured resulted in serious mental health challenges.

“There are ample opportunities for all of us to thrive and live happily in virtuous and God fearing manners in Nigeria without unnecessarily exposing ourselves to undeserved dangers in foreign lands,” he stated.

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