- Not less than 141 stranded Nigerians in Libya have been repatriated
- The returnees include 71 female adults, 53 male adults, among them were two medical cases and 11 pregnant women
- They arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, aboard a chartered Al-Buraq aircraft with registration number UZ189
No fewer than 141 Nigerians including 11 pregnant women have voluntarily returned from Libya to Nigeria with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).
Segun Afolayan, Chief Planning Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, October 31, in Lagos.
Afolayan said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, at about 10.45pm on Tuesday, October 30, aboard a chartered Al-Buraq aircraft with registration number UZ189.
He said: “After profiling, we have 71 female adults, three female children and three female infants. Also, there were 53 male adults, six male children and five male infants; among them were two medical cases and 11 pregnant women.”
According to him, majority of the returnees are from Tripoli, the capital of Libya which has become volatile in recent times.
Afolayan advised the returnees to become more focused in life and not allow the unfortunate experience to negatively impact on their lives.
“Truly, you had bad experiences differently, collectively and individually but these should be the motivation for you to make positive decision to see the brighter future ahead of you.
“This is because, no one can tell the story more than you and making better use of your lives are essential.
“The Federal Government is urging you to be ambassadors of positive change by taking the anti-irregular migration campaign to those still aspiring to take the dangerous journey. You can talk to them in the language they will understand most,’’ he added.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the Benin zonal command of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) rescued no fewer than 52 victims of human trafficking in the third quarter of this year.
Nduka Nwanwenne, zonal commander of the agency comprising Edo and Delta, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Thursday, October 4, that the rescue was made from July to September.
He also disclosed that within the period under review, 15 suspected human traffickers were arrested.
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