- The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 173 Nigerians who just returned from Libya
- The returnees, who were received in Lagos, were assisted by some international agencies
- One of the returnees narrates her travails and how she was assisted to return
Another set of 173 Nigerians returned from troubled Libya on Tuesday, October 15, and were received in Lagos by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the returnees arrived in the country in two different flights.
They were received by the coordinator of the Lagos territorial office of NEMA, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammed at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
According to Muhammed, the returnees were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the assisted voluntary returnees programme which began in April 2017.
Muhammed further said 162 of the returnees arrived from Misrata in a chartered aircraft belonging to Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG, at 4.52 am.
Noting that another 11 returnees arrived through a commercial flight from Bengazi at 5.15 am. Muhammed said: “The profiling of the returnees on arrival indicated that there were 52 female adults, four female children and four female infants as well as 106 male adults, two male children and five male infants.
“Twenty-one of the returnees had medical issues and were immediately attended to by the medical team on ground.”
Aishat Areni, one of the returnees from Ogun state, told newsmen that she was deceived with the promise of travelling to New York City, USA to practise catering.
Aishat, 23, said her aunt was the person who lured her into the perilous journey and that she later found out after leaving Nigeria.
“It was my mates that revealed to me that it was Libya that we were heading and I started making trouble that it was USA that I was promised.
“When we got to Libya, I was told that there’s nothing like catering job; that is either you be a house girl or to be sold out to Connection House, which is prostitution network,” she said.
The returnee said she worked for one year and three months but paid her trafficker N90,000 monthly for five months.
She said she decided to return home because the nature of the work in Libya is not ideal for a human being.
”I will advise whoever is thinking of going to Libya never to contemplate doing so.
“Nigeria is far better than Libya; Libya is dangerous. It is either you are kidnapped, killed, raped or robbed, and there’s bombing here and there. Nigerians are not safe there," she added.
Areni explained that her mother contacted the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and that this marked the beginning of her return to Nigeria.
“A phone number of a member of the staff of the Nigerian embassy was sent to me and it was the embassy staff that facilitated my return to the country.
”I am grateful to the Nigerian government for helping me back to the country,” she said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that NEMA received another batch of 161 stranded citizens returnees from Libya.
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