No fewer than 149 Nigerians were on Thursday night returned from Libya in the ongoing exercise of repatriation of illegal immigrants into the war-torn North African country.
The returnees comprised 107 male adults, 37 female adults, four female children and one infant female brought into the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
One of the female returnees had a medical case.The returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with a chartered flight, Buraq Airlines at 10:45pm with a registration number 5A-DMG.
Alhaji Yakubu Suleiman, the South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), received them on their arrival.Suleiman advised the returnees to shun the urge of seeking greener pasture where it does not exist especially abroad.
He emphasised that all nations in the world were facing various challenges as a result of global economic meltdown and that due to ingenuity of the present Federal Government, Nigeria had overcame recession while most countries that Nigerians are craving to run to are still grappling with the same economic and social issues worst than that of the country.
He added: “Nigeria has more than enough resources that can cater for our needs but it is left for every one of us to tap from any these abundant resources available.”He assured them that governments at Federal and State levels have lots of incentives for the returnees for their rehabilitations and reintegration to compliment European Union and IOM.
Besides, Mr Abraham Tamrat, the Programme Manager of IOM in Lagos, handed over the returnees to NEMA. NEMA on arrival at the Lagos airport after the profiling of the returnees by the officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) attached to the airport gave them air time recharge and handsets.
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