121 Stranded Nigerians Voluntarily Return From Libya On IOM Chartered Flight

by Kim Boateng Posted on September 6th, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria. Sept 6th: Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has received another batch of 121 stranded Nigerians in Libya who have been assisted by the humanitarian services of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, after each of the Returnees individually expressed interest to voluntarily return to Nigeria. The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA Southwest, Suleiman Yakubu who received them on behalf of the Nigerian Government enjoined them to learn from the unpleasant experiences in the course of their sojourn as they resettle back home in Nigeria.

On arrival, the profiling of the Returnees indicated that there are 60 female adults and one girl while male adults are 57 with two male children and a male infant, a grand total of 61 females and 60 males.

Among them were 2 pregnant women and 1 medical issues.

The nouvelair flight with Registration number TS-INA and SA320 arrived MMIA at 5:30 p.m.

One of the Returnee, Owoade Omolara who hails from Apomu, Osun State claimed that she spent 1 year and 2 months. She also claimed that she worked as a cleaner in a hospital and when it was time for her to collect her salary, she was accused of stealing and taken to prison and from there the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, came to her rescue. She said she 662, 000 naira before she was taken out by a trafficker (burger) and she vowed that she will get her money from Kemi who is her trafficker connection as she came back. She narrated that many Nigerians are suffering same fate.


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Iyabo Abiola from Oyo State lamented falling victim to the deceitful talks of the traffickers who deceived her with a promise of $4,000 a month and she vowed that she would expose the trafficker usually called burger.

Other Agencies that participated in the exercise are NAPTIP,DSS, Nigeria Police, Immigration Services, FAAN,, Nigerian AirForce and others.

NAPTIP is the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. It was created in 2003 to prevent human trafficking, investigate and prosecute human traffickers.

262 Stranded Nigerians Voluntary Return From Libya On IOM Chartered Flight

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, says 262 stranded Nigerians have voluntarily returned to Nigeria from Libya through the humanitarian services of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM. The Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihajja who was represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of the Agency, Alh. Suleiman Yakubu received the returnees from IOM at the Hajj Camp, Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos

Engr. Mustapha Maihajja admonished the returnees to stay back and utilize the available resources which abound in the country to their benefit.

Other Agencies that participated in the exercise are NAPTIP,DSS, Nigeria Police, Immigration Services, FAAN,, Nigerian AirForce and others.


262 Stranded Nigerians Voluntary Return From Libya On IOM Chartered Flight

On arrival in Lagos, Nigeria, the International Organisation for Migration, IOM, gave each returnee the sum of 18,000 Naira and NEMA also supported them with the sum of 7,000 Naira each to help with their transportation to their respective destinations and settlement in their communities.

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