262 Nigerians voluntarily returns from Libya
- Some Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya
- These Nigerians were back to Nigeria aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-LAR
- They arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at 10 pm on Wednesday, July 26
Two hundred and sixty-two more Nigerians voluntarily returned home from Libya on Wednesday July 26 with the help of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft with registration number 5A-LAR, which landed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at 10 pm.
The returnees, who had been stranded in Libya, were made up of of 108 males, 135 females, eight children and 11 infants.
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They were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition 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 Nigeria (FAAN).
Addressing newsmen, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General, NEMA, said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to ensure that Nigerians stranded in Libya are brought back home.
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The director general who was represented by Mr Suleiman Yakubu, Zonal Coordinator, South West, NEMA, said both the federal government and state governments had initiated various programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.
He further advised Nigerians, especially the youth, to take advantage of the enormous opportunities available in the country.
NAN reports that thousands of Nigerians have been flown back home from the North African country with the help of the IOM.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that 1,268 Nigerians voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya.
The returnees, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said returned between December 16, 2016 and May 16, 2017.
The director of the agency Mustapha Maihaja also said a fresh batch of 258 Nigerian arrived the Lagos airport in a charted Libya Airline Airbus.
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