Japa Turns Sour As NEMA Receives 152 Returnees 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 152 Nigerian returnees from Libya through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

NEMA Zonal Coordinator for South-West, Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Farinloye said the returnees departed Libya aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air Boeing 737-800 with Reg. No. 5A-DMG Buraq Aircraft.

The victims, consisting of 54 adult females, 73 adult males and children, reportedly arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Lagos airport.

On ground to receive them were NEMA Director General, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, alongside officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Refugee Commission, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force.

“The profiles of the returnees indicate that 54 adult females, seven children and three infant females were brought back.

“Also 73 adult males including with medical cases, eight male children and seven infants male were among the batch.

“International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Nigeria Embassy in Libya collaborated to assist the stranded Nigerians back after their failed attempts to cross over the Mediterranean Sea into Europe,” the statement read.

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