The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed on Thursday that it received another 175 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos State.
The disclosure was made by the Acting Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, in Lagos state.
Farinloye said the returnees- 92 male adults, 53 female adults, six male children, 12 female children, nine male infants and three female infants, arrived at the airport at about 9.48 p.m. on Wednesday.
One of the returnees, 21 years old Azizat Omoniyi from Lagos State who narrated her encounter, expressed regret for wasting her father’s money.
Azizat who abandoned her education when she was 17 years old said, “I will never advise anyone to think of travelling out of this country aimlessly.
“We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of travelling without set and achievable objectives should forget it.”
Azizat explained that her mother died while she was very young and she was catered for by maternal relations. She said she felt she was being maltreated and ran away to stay with her father.
“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 father that I wanted to establish a business and he gave me ₦800,000, but I used it for the Libyan trip through the desert.
“I became a slave and prostitute in Libya; I am not lying, I raised equivalent of ₦2 million as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker.
“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. I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when the police raided our house and threw all of us into prison.
“We were dispossessed of our savings and property. I lost the phone in which l had my father’s contact.
“I have to wait till my transport allowance is paid before I can buy phone and try to gamble with numbers to know if I can get my father’s contact,” Azizat explained.
Farinloye explained that the fresh 175 returnees had been stranded in Libya.
“They departed from Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, aboard a chartered Boeing 737-400 with registration number 5A-WAC and were received at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company wing of the MMA.
“The returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration through a voluntary repatriation programme for distressed persons.
“The EU sponsored the repatriation of the stranded Nigerians who had failed in their attempt to search for greener pastures outside Nigeria,” he said.
On Wednesday, NEMA said it received 158 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, five hours earlier than Azizat’s batch.