Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA said it has received another batch of 172 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The Agency earlier received 158 stranded Nigerians who were voluntarily assisted back to the Country, thus bringing the number to 330 people.
The Returnees who were assisted back to Nigeria by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 1747 aboard Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG from Libya.
They were received at the Cargo Wing of the Airport who had to pass through screening with Nigeria Immigration Services.
Among them include 86 female adults, 6 female children and 13 female infants as well as 42 male adults with 3 medical cases, 3 female children and 21 male infants.
The Returnees would be kept for 7 in a transit for isolation period during which training and other medical process would be conducted for them.
The IOM has been assisting several Nigerians back to the country since 2012 in a special programmed sponsored by the European Union for young Nigerians who had intended travelling out of the country in search of greener pastures but got stranded in Libya.
About 19,000 Nigerians from have been brought back till date.
National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Nigeria Immigration Services, FAAN, Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigerian Pice were other Agencies at the during the reception activities for the Returnees on arrival.
However, this latest batch makes a total of 330 numbers of stranded Nigerians repatriated back to Nigeria through the European Union sponsored for those Nigerians who got stranded on their failed attempt in search of greener pastures in foreign countries.
The Returnees that were voluntarily assisted back in this batch consisted of 92 male adults, 6 male children and 9 male infants, in addition there 53 female adults, 12 female children and 3 female infants
The Returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja aboard Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-400 with registration number 5A-WAC at about 2148hours.
They were received at the NAHCO Wing of the Airport.
Earlier in the day, 158 were brought back
A Returnee, Omoniyi Azizat, 21 years old from Lagos who abandoned her education when she was 17 years old expressed regret over her misbehaviour and especially wasted her father’s hard earned money.
I lost my mum at a tender age and was being catered for by my maternal relations, I thought I was being maltreated and ran away from the house to meet my dad.
From my father’s custody, a friend convinced me to meet her in Ibadan where I was introduced to the idea of travelling to Libya where I was told that I could work and receive a monthly salary of 120,000.
I deceived my dad that I wanted to establish a business and he gave me 800,000 but I used it for the Libyan trip through desert.
I became slave and prostitute, I am not lying, I raised equivalent of 2 million naira as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker.
(Sobbing) I want to go back to school, I stopped schooling at SS2 and have learnt my lessons
The lessons are very very bitter, I wasted my life.
I do not know my father’s location and I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when our house was bursted by the police and everyone of us were thrown into prison while we were dispossed of our savings and property, the phone had my dad’s contact.
I have to wait for the time that my transport allowance will be given before I can buy phone and try to gamble with several numbers to know if I can get dad’s contact
I will never advise anyone to think of travelling out of the country. We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of travelling should forget it.