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

The returnees totalling 178, arrived the cargo wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos around 6:20pm aboard a Boeing 700-787 Al Buraq Airline with Registration number 5A-DMG.

The Nation reports that these returnees comprising 73 adult females, 13 girls, six infant females, 63 adult males, 15 boys and 14 infant males; was the ninth batch received this year in Lagos alone.

(DG), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, the returnees were assisted back to the country by International Organisation for Immigration’s (IOM) Voluntary Assisted Returnees programme sponsored by the European Union (EU).

Ahmed, who was represented by the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, urged them to look for opportunities abound in the country and stop seeking greener pastures through irregular means.
He appealed to them to shun vices that they might have been exposed to at the country of departure, emphasising the need to embrace peace.

Other agencies in attendance that the reception of the returnees inured the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigerian Security and CIVIL Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Police and Port Health officials.

NAPTIP in its efforts to curb human trafficking, has partnered the judiciary for stiffer punishment to offenders.



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