NEMA receives 161 Nigerians stranded in Libya

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 161 stranded Nigerians from Mtiga in Libya.

The acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, who made this known on Thursday night said the Nigerians arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, late on Thursday night.

According to him, the returnees were brought via Al Buraq Air Boeing 737 aircraft with flight number UZ 189 and registration number 5A-DMG.

He said the Nigerians were brought by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union on the platform of the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.

Farinloye also said the returnees comprised of 48 female adults, four female children, five female infants as well as 102 adult males, one male child and one infant male.

He said“This batch brought the total number of voluntary returnees from Libya to 14,045, which is made up of 8,200 males and 5,845 females.”

Speaking to NAN, one of the returnees, an indigene of Akure, Ondo State, who preferred anonymity, said she was 19 years old when she left Nigeria.

She said that she spent a year and three months before she decided to return to Nigeria.

According to her, she left Nigeria due to pressure on her when her mother had mental health problems and the father of her child abandoned them.

“I was left with the task of fending for my siblings, mother and my daughter. My mother’s relations and friends abandoned us. I was a tailoring apprentice after my husband left us.”

“My mum was thrown out of the house because we could not afford to pay for rent,’’ she narrated.

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