The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday, received another batch of 195 Libya deportees (Nigerians),
The figure is about the highest to arrive on a single flight since the repatriation exercise started in 2017, Daily Trust reports.
Other officials of the Federal Government at the Cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos included those of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), among others
The Coordinator of NEMA Territorial Office in Lagos, Idris Muhammed, noted that the latest returnees were the 69th batch brought back by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The Al Buraq Air from Sabha area with flight number UZ 389/22 and registration number 5A-DMG SEB arrived the Ikeja airport at 8:20pm on Wednesday.
The new returnees included 71 female adults, 25 female children and 17 female infants. Also, there were 60 male adults, 12 male children and 10 male infants.
In all, the females are 113 while males are 82 with adults as 131, children as 37 and infants as 27 including 3 males with minor medical issues and 7 pregnant women.
Muhammed while welcoming the returnees back to Nigeria, urged the youths to try and look inward and utilize the money they wasted on embarking on these perilous journeys for productive ventures in Nigeria.
Naija News recalls that one of the returnees, among the February batch, Adebisi Komolafe from Osogbo in Osun state said; “Despite the bad situation in Libya, the people believe in their leaders and are praying fervently for them. They still see hope in their country.
She, therefore, urged Nigerians to “avoid blaming the government for everything, with faith and sincerity, our prayers will be accepted by God”.