LIBYA DEPORTS 186 NIGERIANS IN 24 HOURS

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The National Emergency management Agency has received 186 Nigerians from Libya, with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration.

The 186 persons arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport between Wednesday and Thursday.

A flight with 154 returnees arrived at the airport at about 8:45pm on Thursday while 32 arrived on Wednesday morning at 3:45am.

After profiling of the returnees, NEMA said they were 99 female adults, 75 male adults, eight infants and four children.

The Zonal Coordinator, South-West, NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, said the returnees were those living in Libya without any intention of going further to Europe.

He said they voluntarily chose to return home when the opportunity came from IOM due to futile attempts at a better life in Libya.

Suleiman said most of them worked there but could not repatriate their funds due to certain restrictions.

He said, “The Federal Government policies are already on to give equal opportunities to every Nigerian to make maximum use of their potential and develop the country.

“With various incentives on ground by the present administration and other development partners, more opportunities will be created for youths in the country.”

One of the returnees, Morenikeji Tolulope, from Ibadan narrated how she left Nigeria in May 2016 due to certain difficulties.

“I met the person who took me to Libya when I was living with a friend in Lagos. I was into business before I left but the person who took me to Libya promised to give me a good job and a better life and I paid him but when I got there I didn’t get what I expected,” she said.

Morenikeji said it was impossible for her to repatriate the little money she made, hence her decision to return home.

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