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165 Nigerians Voluntarily Return from Libya




One of the 164 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya thanking God after the aircraft landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State on Thursday 25/5/2017/ Solo Omos/HB/BJO/NAN

No fewer than 165 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Thursday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aircraft landed at 5.01 p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees were made up of 97 males, 54 females, 11 children and three infants.

They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Protection of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Addressing newsmen, Mustapha Maihaja, the Director-General of NEMA, said the agency in collaboration with IOM was working to ensure that Nigerians stranded in Libya were brought back home.

“We are here to ensure that they are well received. We feed and give them money to enable them get back to their respective destinations,” Maihaja said.

The director-general, represented by Suleiman Yakubu, the Zonal Coordinator, South West, NEMA, however advised Nigerian youths to develop the mentality of staying back home and helping to build the country.

“Those of them who have gone and come back will testify that it is better here, especially now that we are in the era of the change mantra. A lot of initiatives have been put in place by the present administration to ensure that life is better in Nigeria,’’ he said.

Maihaja added that various state governments, particularly Edo State had initiated skills acquisition schemes to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.

According to him, a similar scheme which is being put in place by the IOM will take off in July, as the organisation has already informed other stakeholders about the development.

Two of the returnees who simply gave their names as Owen and Ehis, told NAN that they spent more than seven months in detention in Libya after they were sold into slavery by militias.

They thanked the Federal Government for facilitating their return to Nigeria and pleaded with the government to assist them in getting their lives back.

NAN reports that the returnees who were given a stipend of N17,100 each were later transported to the Jibowu Park to find their way to their respective destinations.

NAN recalls that two batches of 258 Nigerians voluntarily returned from the North African country on May 11 and May 16 respectively.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. C

    May 26, 2017 at 3:02 am

    We really need to develop our country for our people. Our people are despised everywhere but home. Our government won’t do it doesn’t matter what so called tribe the president or senate chairman is from they’re still going to take money over their salary to put their children in foreign schools, go to foreign hospitals and build “investment” infrastructure in oyibo land while our people pack like sadines in a bus , out of school cause teachers are on strike , roads in bad condition, and no constant electricity. And you’d think it was me who said all this in 2017 but no a insightful man named Fela Kuti did in the 1970s and yep I’m in 2017 saying same thing yep almost 40yrs later. And if we remain blind my child will say the same in 2037 and his/her child in 2057…. You see were I’m going if we keep hoping for better tomorrows we will soon run out of tomorrows. So let’s just accept those in our government are blinded by oyibo glitter of I chop and forget about them in fact dispose of them and go back to the drawing board and try to fix this thing right while we still have tomorrows

    • Jumon

      May 26, 2017 at 8:24 am

      More desparately than country! We need to develop Africa mentallities.

    • Phineas

      May 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      This picture speaks a million words. It should be shared and retweeted many times maybe that way our people will get the message that not all that glitters is gold.

  2. Laila

    May 26, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Welcome back!

  3. Ottawa Queen

    May 26, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Thank God for journey mercies. There’s really no place like home.

    • Seriously

      May 26, 2017 at 5:08 am

      No place like home? If their country is truly home, they wouldn’t have left in the first place. It’s only 1% of the population that can confidently say they are doing fine.
      When Nigerians go to Libya for better opportunities, that’s when you know Nigeria is really fucked up.

    • Becca

      May 26, 2017 at 11:56 am

      @Seriously, Libya doesn’t offer ‘better opportunities’ they are all enroute to Europe.

      They suffer terribly & are degraded and humiliated in Libya whilst trying to pay traffickers. Nigeria isn’t at war or in famine, even if so,run to Ghana, Cameroun, Gabon etc. There is no need to take such a perilous journey, especially the highly irresponsible parents taking young children, babies with them and the pregnant mothers.

      I have zero sympathy for these reckless opportunists. But happy to see them return to Nigeria.

    • Ottawa Queen

      May 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      @Seriously, you really don’t understand the message behind the saying “No place like home”. Kpele!!!

  4. Darius

    May 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    That’s how you show gratitude to God when He rescues you from a hellhole – lift your hands in thanks.

  5. Difuse

    May 26, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I regret saying this but as much as i would like to see the parasitic Arabs sitting on top of Africa. Permanently destroyed by United States and Israel.


    I have a feeling the same people who would like to see these communities destroyed more than all, we Africans might give them their survival ticket!

    Because with the dispicably racist North Africans eliminated who is going to stop these surging Hoards of Mindless, illegaly, migrating subsaharans.

    It kind of makes you appreciate the existence of Arabia in the first place!!! Don’t it!

    #Literary saved by the Gap in the crocodile’s teeth!

    • Agu

      May 26, 2017 at 11:00 am

      The whole thing that north Africans are racist is totally based on​ rumors I have lived in Egypt and Morocco and visited Tunisia just this last August I did not experience any racism. The might be some people in those Country that are racist but the are not in the majority. The show more to you if you are from French speaking African countries that’s the only part I have noticed. But Nigeria is still much more a better country than any north African Country.

    • Difuse

      May 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      They are not! Their religion makes them turn that way. The same with saying northern Nigerians are bigots! they only dat way wen it comes to defending Islam – but otherwise they are just ur typical, naive bread-hungry Nigerian.

  6. Mama

    May 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I will not be suprised if there are Nigerians in North Korea. Like what exactly are they doing in Libya? I remember watching a video (by one of the international news networks) of some Nigerians who were caught up in the Arab spring. Come and see grown men crying, begging the reporters not to leave them there alone; I wep that day. That was years ago. Yet people are still trooping there, even with small children. God help us in this country!

  7. Tosin

    May 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for reporting this.

  8. Jeff Ifeoma

    May 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Nice one. I heard most of them are stuck in libya

  9. Gabriel Eromosele

    June 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Please I need the phone number of the Nigerian gov’t hot line for stranded Nigerians abroad. Someone is in Libya and I want them to return home for their own safety. Also the phone number of our Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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