No fewer than 166 Nigerians stranded in Libya have been received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos State.
The Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday.
Farinloye, who spoke on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, admonished the returnees to always avoid acting against practices that would mislead and disrupt their normal lives.
He said, “The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, represented by the Lagos Territorial Office Coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye, admonished the returnees to always avoid acting against practices that will mislead and disrupt their normal lives.
“He reminded them that leaving the country in search of greener pastures where they don’t exist is a serious mistake but they should thank God for their decision to return home.
“He, therefore, advised them to settle down to harness better potential abound in all part of the country and with enabling environment created by government in recent times, adding that everyone with patience and perseverance will attain his/her potential by the grace of God.
“The returnees arrived the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, aboard a Chartered flight via Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG Boeing 700-787 at about 1530 hours.”
He said the returnees were 66 adult females, four female children, four female infants, 77 adult males, eight male children and seven male infants.
He stated that the 166 returnees voluntarily returned to the country courtesy of the International Organisation for Migration through the assistance of donor nations in Europe.
“The returnees were received on arrival by NEMA, NAPTIP, Refugee Commission, Nigerian Port Health, DSS, Police and FAAN,” the statement added.