175 Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya

About 175 Nigerians on Tuesday voluntarily returned from Libya.

The returnees arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 7:50 pm in a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.

The returnees were made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants.

They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.


The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said the agency was working with IOM to reduce irregular migration.

“There are a lot of things you can do in Nigeria here.

“You don’t have to travel outside the country in search of greener pastures.

“My advice to parents is to keep tab on their children and to ensure that they know where their children are going and not to be deceived by phantom promises,” he said.

Over 250 Nigerians had returned from Libya in April.

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