136 Nigerians Returns From Libya

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By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 136 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

Idris Muhammed, Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, confirmed the development to newsmen in Lagos.
According to him, they were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.

The returnees are made up of 59 adult females, four female children and five female infants. “Also, there are 63 adult males, two male children and three infant males. He Said.

Muhammed said the returnees were welcomed by NEMA and other agencies, including the National Refugees Commission, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking as well the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The 42-year-old returnee Kehinde Fatukasi from Ekiti State, deeply regretted embarking on the journey to the volatile North African country.

The Libyans don’t care if you are black or not, the treatment given to blacks is same they give to their Arab neighbours from Tunisia or Algeria. The Arabs treated us like slaves. You work without being paid and so many of us were killed.

Fatakusi advised Nigerians to be patient and struggle to make better use of resources available in the country instead of risking their lives in Libya or trying to cross the deadly Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

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