THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – On Thursday, August 10, 2017, a group of Nigerians who had illegally fled the country returned to Nigeria from Libya.
According to report, the returnees who were stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to Nigeria. Their return was facilitated by International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
On arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, IOM handed over the returnees to Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), report reveals.
The Director General of NEMA Mr. Mustapha Maihajja, who was represented by NEMA’s South-West Zonal Coordinator, Suleiman Yakubu, at the airport, advised Nigerian youths to stop seeking ‘greener pastures’ in foreign land.
‘They would continue to be less human and may suffer numerous denials in foreign lands especially when they try to enter illegally. There are many opportunities here and the country is gradually getting back on track with greater prospects for every Nigerian to be proud of,’ Maihajja added.
He also mentioned that the federal government (FG) in conjuction with IOM and some state governments were already organising rehabilitation programmes for returnees.
According to Maihajja, ‘After the programmes, every returnee will be empowered to start a new life with lots of incentives.’
NEMA was joined by the National Commission for Refugees, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the Nigeria Police Force to receive the returnees.