Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Another set of Nigerians, 253 in number, voluntarily returned from Libya, on Tuesday, aboard a chartered Airbus A330-200  with registration number 5A-LAT operated by Libya Airlines

 The aircraft landed about 6.45 pm at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees were made up of of 102 males, 140 females, six children and five infants.
They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Protection 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, Dr Onimode Bandele, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said two of the returnees had medical issues.

Onimode while speaking, Sai d :”Let’s thank God that these ones have returned safely because Libya is not what it used to be. As a government, our advice is that young Nigerians should strive to work hard and tap into vast opportunities available in the country instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere. “

According to Onimode, some state governments had initiated various programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees back into the society even as he promised that NEMA would continue to work with IOM to bring back Nigerians who are willing to return, adding that the programme was continuous.

Speaking to newsmen, the returnee (names withheld) who suffered the severe burns on her face, said she arrived Libya in February after making a payment of N300, 000 to her traffickers.

The returnee said she suffered the injury while working for her “madam” who only went to dump her at the hospital where she had been abandoned.

She,  therefore appealed to the government for assistance to carry out a reconstructive surgery on her face in order for her life to return to normalcy.


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