Saturday, 7 July 2018

155 Nigerians Voluntarily Return From Libya

A new batch of 155 Nigerians stranded in Libya in their attempt to reach Europe for greener pastures has returned to the country.

The returnees were received Friday by representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the cargo wing of Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.

They decided to return voluntarily to Nigeria after the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offered them free transportation to the country.

Mr. Segun Afolayan, who welcomed the returnees on behalf of NEMA Director General Mustapha Maihajja, urged them to use the new opportunities to restart a new life in their homeland.

"We have been inundated with the suffering of many of our citizens and efforts are being made to ensure that it helps everyone," he said.

"At present, we have a very responsive and accountable government that cares about the well-being of all Nigerians and will not let Nigerians fall, but we want you to be positive agents in supporting this federal government in its efforts to gradual reconstruction of the country. "Afolayan added.

After profiling by the emergency agency, returnees included 41 adult women, including five pregnant women; a girl and an infant, as well as 107 adult men, three boys and two boys.

One of the returnees who simply identified herself as Khadija Balogun from Ogun State said she regretted the attempt to embark on such a dangerous journey.

She revealed that her ordeal started from Côte d'Ivoire, across Mali and into Libya, after which she landed in the hands of the kidnappers.

The 23-year-old lamented she spent a total of N1.1 million on her trip to Libya.

She said, "In the hands of kidnappers, I was out of stock and I had to free myself with 400,000 N and another group arrested me and kept me in jail for a year before my parents do not raise me 750 000 N.

"After receiving the information that there is an opportunity to return to Nigeria, I used this option and I returned voluntarily, I intended to go to Spain, all these lies that there opportunities are wrong. "

"Imagine I'm using N1million of wasted money to start a business, I would have been very successful Nobody should try to travel to Libya, if you try it, it's seven years of imprisonment waiting for you when you arrive, "Khadija added.

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