NEMA receives 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya

NEMA receives 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya

- A new batch of stranded Nigerians was received from Libya on Friday, October 26

- The returnees numbering 149 were received by the National Emergency Management Agency

- One of them says she regrets embarking on the journey, saying Nigeria is far better than Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 1.20 am on Friday, October 26. gathers that they were brought back in a Buraq Airlines Boeing 737-8000 aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.

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Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for NEMA, southwest zone, said the majority of the returnees came back from Tripoli, the capital city of the volatile North African country.

Farinloye said they comprised of 81 adult males, 56 adult females, two male children, eight male infants, one female child and two female infants.

One of the returnees, Aminat Sunday, told newsmen that she worked as a maid during her stay in Libya, adding that she was lured to the country due to family burdens and persuasion from her trafficker.

The 29-years-old lady who hails from Ifo local government area of Ogun state, said she regretted embarking on the journey as she had a very difficult experience in Libya. According to her, she paid her trafficker with her full year wages after arriving in Libya.

She said: “I was working as a housemaid cleaning tiles but the work made me to come back home because it is very stressful, tiring and have serious health problems on my body.

“To be sincere, Nigeria is far better than Libya, I have learned my lessons in wrong way but thank God I am still alive."

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She therefore advised other youths to learn from her experience and shun the urge of irregular migration in search of greener pastures.

Meanwhile, previously reported that some Libya returnees on Tuesday, April 24, were at the Edo state government house in Benin City to protest the management of their stipend accounts by financial institutions where their accounts are domiciled, and related issues.

The protest was peaceful and the issues raised were largely administrative such as N1,100 deduction for Automated Teller Machine card, maintenance fee and sundry issues.

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