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241 Nigerians Voluntarily Return to the Country from Libya | Photos



NEMA Receives 241 Nigerian Returnees from Libya4About 241 Nigerians on Tuesday voluntarily returned from Libya. They arrived at the cargo terminal of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, and were received by the National Emergency Management Agency on behalf of the Federal Government.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) facilitated their returns in collaboration with the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. A Libyan airline with Reg 5A-LAR that brought the returnees touched down at about 4PM to the waiting arms of the NEMA officials, IOM and other relevant stakeholders.

On arrival, they were screened by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) before being handed over to NEMA that provided them with food and facilitated their movements to their respective locations.

The Head of Lagos office of the IOM Dr. Nahashon Thuo said the returnees opted to come back voluntarily and that they were not deportees.

Director Relief and Rehabilitation of NEMA Aliyu Baffale Sambo who represented the Director-General Muhammad Sani Sidi in receiving the returnees gave the breakdown that they were 67 females (including 6 that are under 18 years) and 174 males (including 3 under 18 years).

He said 3 of them were children less than five years. He further explained that there were about 6 medical cases. After the initial 3 persons taken to the hospital on the arrival, 2 more cases were discovered and also taken later to the health facilities.

Among the stakeholders that joined NEMA in receiving the returnees were officials of the Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Police Force, Federal Ministry of Health (Port health services), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other related Matters (NAPTIP), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Department of State Services (DSS) and Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), among others.

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  1. Great Lady

    August 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Welcome home.

  2. Baby gurl

    August 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    My dears return well o. It’s not Libya that you’ll find greener pasture. Come and hustle in our Obodo Nigeria. It is for us. Welcome.

  3. Sevenade

    August 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Welcome back. The Nigeria you left some years ago is not the same Nigeria you are returning. The government is broke and the people are broke. Poverty is choking us. There is no place like home sha.

  4. Cika

    August 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm


  5. Word

    August 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Home is where the heart and mind is happy. Don’t forget Abraham left Syria, his country of birth. Home is where you find peace and happiness . The world is big and belongs to us. Man created artificial boundaries for selfish reasons . Nigeria is not home to some folks.

  6. Prince

    August 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm


  7. Adio_Braimoh

    August 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    241 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya. On what basis? This question was not communicated, I need to know.

    • Manzo

      August 25, 2016 at 7:58 am

      They travelled there illegally in search for greener pasture but couldn’t find any and became stranded. As a matter of fact many of them were actually in detention for migration offences there.

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