About 175 Nigerians who voluntarily agreed to return from Libya have successfully landed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

The returnees came aboard 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 Libya.

They 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), the Police, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

NEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Paul Ohemu in his remark said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to stem irregular migration and return stranded Nigerians from Libya.

Home sweet home

17Ohemu advised Nigerians to stay back and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.

His words: “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.”

Ohemu said NEMA and some state governments had put various schemes in place to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.

NAPTIP Zonal Director, Mr. Joseph Famakinwa, Lagos Zone, said the Federal Government had intensified efforts to curb human trafficking and bring traffickers to book.

“NAPTIP has sent 315 Nigerians to prison for human trafficking with a total conviction of 265. Our advice to parents is that they should not allow their children to fall into the hands of traffickers.”

 

Source: globalvillageextra