643 stranded migrants return from Libya in 5 weeks

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Another batch of 166 stranded Nigerians from Libya arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Thursday night.

With the latest arrival, no fewer than 643 Nigerians have voluntarily returned home through the assistance of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in the last five weeks.


Daily Trust learnt that thousands of Nigerians are still stranded in the North African country.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) led by its Director-General, Engr. Mustapha Maihajja received the returnees with other agencies of the Federal Government on ground.


The returnees comprise 66 female adults including three pregnant women, five female children and one female infant while there were 83 male adults, six male children and five male infants.


They arrived aboard a Libyan Airline aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG which landed at 10:50 p.m.


The NEMA DG advised parents and guardians to desist from encouraging their children and wards from embarking on irregular migration, saying the journey through the desert would end up jeopardizing their future as some of them could end up being victims of trafficking.


Represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the Agency, Alh Yakubu Suleman, the Director General said the appeal became imperative in view of the many testimonies and confessions of the returnees about how their families supported their trips to Libya.


He pointed out that the intended countries of destinations are no longer ready to accommodate migrants due to several socioeconomic and security factors they also face.


Maihajja emphasized that discouraging irregular migration and human smuggling can only be achieved by government and development partners with full cooperation of the parents and guardians through consistent awareness and sensitization of dangers and evils of human trafficking


He reiterated the Federal Government’s to create conducive environment for all Nigerians to maximize their potentials in the progress and development of the nation.


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