109 Stranded Nigerians From Mali Arrive Home

Yemisi Izuora

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has received about 109 stranded Nigerians repatriated from Mali.

The Returnees arrived International Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja with 11 adult men, 89 adult young women with 4 male children and 5 female children.

The Returnees were assisted back into the country by the International Organization of Migration (IOM).

Addressing the Returnees on arrival, the Director General of NEMA, AVM Muhammad A Muhammadu (rtd) enjoined the Returnees to always avoid those that promises greener pastures outside the country as there’s nothing like that any longer anywhere.

He advised them to always be wary of close family friends and relatives that lures and exposes them into unnecessary hazards that are life threatening.

He further appealed to them to make better use of their lives as they successfully returned to the country, assuring them of Government’s readiness to provide equal opportunities to every one.

Speaking on arrival, Miss Irhobosa Lawrence Orhumnzie aged 21, said she left Nigeria about 6 months ago with the hope of going to Dubai.

“My Madam (Trafficker) took about 25 of us and told us that she will take us to Dubai.

We took off from Lagos and crossed over to Cotonou in Togo and from their we went straight to Mali.

But as we entered Bamako, Mali, the Malian Police arrested our madam and all of us, they asked us if we are interested to go back to Nigeria, all of us volunteered to return to our country. We don’t know what is happening with our Madam.

They asked us if we are interested in dealing with our madam, we just told them that they should do whatever they want to do with her but we just wish to go back to Nigeria.”

Continuing she said, “From there, we were taken to Nigerian Embassy but the Coronavirus pandemic did not allow the embassy to bring us until IOM came to our rescue but we have been staying in  the embassy all along.

“I am happy to be in Nigeria. I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the good ways the embassy have been treating us. The embassy people are very good and caring.”

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