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643 Nigerians willingly return from Libya in just 5 weeks

643 Nigerians willingly return from Libya in just 5 weeks

- NEMA has received another batch of 166 stranded Nigerians from Libya

- The director general of the agency, Mustapha Maihajja, received the returnees at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos state on Thursday night, August 2

- Maihajja said 643 people have willingly returned home in the last five weeks

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday, August 3, explained that no fewer than 643 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in the last five weeks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the director general of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure while receiving a new batch of 166 returnees who arrived in Lagos on Thursday night, August 2.

Maihajja, represented by the southwest zonal coordinator of NEMA, Yakubu Suleiman, said the Nigerians were assisted back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

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According to him, the returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 10.50 pm on Thursday night aboard a Libyan airline with registration number 5A-DMG.

Maihajja said: “After profiling, the returnees were 66 female adults including three pregnant women, five female children and one female infant along with 83 male adults, six male children and five male infants.”

Maihajja advised parents and guardians to desist from encouraging their children and wards from embarking on journey that will end up derailed the promising futures of the victims of trafficking.

The NEMA boss said the appeal was due to the testimonies and confessions of the returnees and confirmations by most of the families that the victims came from.

Maihajja pointed out that the intended countries of destinations were no longer ready to accommodate migrants due to several socio-economic and security factors.

He said: “There are unconfirmed reports of emerging trends of alleged human organ harvesting from irregular migrants who are alleged to be sold to harvesters.

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“If this developments are real, then we must discourage irregular migrations in whatever forms.”

Maihajja emphasised that discouraging irregular migration and human smuggling could only be achieved by government and development partners with full cooperation of the parents and guardians.

According to him, there is also the need to continuously create awareness and sensitise youths on dangers and and evils of human trafficking.

He reiterated that the federal government would not relent in its efforts at creating conducive environment for every Nigerian to maximise his or her potentials in the progress and development of the nation.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the NEMA said a total of 611 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in March.

The south west zonal coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, made the disclosure while receiving a new set of 166 returnees who arrived from the volatile North African country.

Suleiman noted that the Nigerians were assisted back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

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Source: Legit.ng

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