The National Emergency Management Agency has received another batch of 193 stranded Nigerians from Libya. Mr. Segun Afolayan, Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, confirmed the development in Lagos. Afolayan said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8:32 pm on Thursday aboard a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft with registration number UZ 189.
He said the returnees were assisted back home by the International Organization for Migration under its Assisted Voluntary Return Program. Afolayan said the returnees comprised 81 female adults, one female child, and 14 female infants. He said they also included 87 male adults, five male children, and five male infants. Afolayan has also urged Nigerians to stop stigmatizing returnees who went outside the country in search of greener pastures.
He said, “It is a right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfillment of the rights are the ones in contention. Many of these innocent victims are not aware of the dangers of the journey. They fall easily to the deceitful and deceptive promises of a better life outside the country. Nigerians need to accept that the menace of irregular migration and all hands must be on deck to save our innocent youths from embarking on such perilous journeys henceforth”.