The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it received 167 Nigerian returnees from Libya at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Director-General of the agency, Mustapha Habib who was represented by the Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos state.
Mr. Habib explained that the returnees, who were stranded in Libya, departed on Tuesday night from Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Buraq Aircraft Boeing 737-800 with registration 5A-DMG and landed at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, MIMIA, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The director-general said that the returnees are made up of 65 female adults, female children three, five female infants, 76 male adults, 11 male children and seven infant males.
“The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through voluntary repatriation programme for the distressed persons.
“They left the country to seek for greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated,” he said.
Mr Habib advised the returnees to look beyond seeking greener pastures in foreign lands, saying that no longer exist there.
He also noted that the Federal Government is providing enabling environment where everyone will achieve his/her full potentials.
He stated that the exercise was conducted under strict COVID-19 protocols with proper supervision of all government agencies at the airport.
He added that the Port Health Unit of the Federal of Ministry of Health, National Commission for Resilience, Migration and IDPs, NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service received the returnees at the airport.