More stranded Nigerians arrived from Libya

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Speaking to news men on Friday in Lagos, The Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone, Mr Segun Afolayan, has received another batch of 193 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

He said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 8.32pm on Thursday aboard a chartered Nouvel Air aircraft with registration number UZ 189.

The returnees were assisted back home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) under its Assisted Voluntary Return Programme.

He said the returnees comprised 81 female adults, one female child,14 female infants, 87 male adults, 5 male children and 5 male infants.

He went further to urge Nigerians to stop stigmatising returnees

In his word; “It is a right for everyone to live free and comfortable lives but the process or the means of seeking the fulfillment of the rights are the ones in contention.

“Many of these innocent victims are not aware of the dangers on the means and the routes of the journey. They fall easily to the deceitful and deceptive promises of better life outside the country.

“Nigerians need to accept the challenges of the menace of irregular migration as evil and inhuman and all hands must be on deck to save our innocent youths from embarking on such perilous journeys henceforth,”

Afolayan advised the returnees to remain positive, focused and undaunted by their unfortunate experiences in Libya, advising them to improve their lives in Nigeria.

He urged the private sectors to help the government in reintegration of the returnees to make them more productive.

According to him, the Federal Government, IOM and the European Union have been providing opportunities for the returnees through various skills acquisition programmes.

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