Again, 116 Stranded Nigerians Repatriated From Libya

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Libyan returnees

Lagos – Another batch of irregular Nigerian migrants, who were bound for Europe but got stranded in Libya, were repatriated from the North African country on Wednesday morning.

The repatriation is happening barely two weeks after another set of 141 Nigerians on similar pursuit were returned from the same country.

This time, 116 Nigerians – comprising males, females, and 13 infants – were brought back to the country through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

The aircraft that brought the deportees touched down at exactly 12:40a.m while they were disembarked at the cargo area of the airport.

The deportees were flown into Nigeria aboard Al Buraq Airlines with flight number UZ 489, with a breakdown of 53 females and 63 males.

Among them were 46 female adults, two female children and five female infants.

There were also 56 male adults, six male children, and eight male infants.

Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) received the returnees from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an arm of the United Nations.

Speaking on the issue, Segun Afolayan, Ag. Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, appealed to the returnees to eschew such illegal routes to enter Europe or any other destinations in the future.

Afolayan, while agreeing that migration was a fundamental right of every human being, said irregular migration violated the laws of other nations.

He explained that violators of other countries’ migration laws may be dealt with according to the law of such a country.

He emphasised that to end this exposure of such irregular migration, Nigerians who wished to migrate could visit the Migrant Resource Centre opened by IOM, in conjunction with the Federal Government.

He said the centres were located at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment offices at Benin, Lagos, and Abuja.

He added: “The centres are opened to all Nigerians who wish to travel outside the country. They can access detailed information on their intended country of destination.

“Such information as the types of employment and educational opportunities, counselling on the right and safe routes to travel, the security level of the expected country as well as skill acquisition to whoever approach any of the centres in the country. These centres are created to stem the gaps of inadequate information that many returnees have been complaining about.”