218 Nigerian migrants arrive Lagos from Libya


Another set of 218 Nigerian migrants on Tuesday arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos from Libya.

The migrants who arrived at about 3:44 a.m in a Libyan Airline A330-200 aircraft with registration number 5A-LAU, brought the number of returnees to 8,129.

Their arrival was facilitated by the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) in partnership with the European Union, under the EU/IOM Assisted Voluntary Returnees.

On hand to receive the migrants were the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced persons (NCFRMI), airport officials and other agencies of the Federal Government.

South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Sulaiman Yakubu disclosed that the migrants comprised 46 female adults including seven pregnant women and five female infants with 161 male adults including a stable medical case, two male children and nine male infants.

Yakubu while receiving the returnees charged them to be champions of change in sensitising the youths against the temptation of seeking greener pastures through illegal migration, describing such as “a dangerous venture.”

He assured them that the Federal Government is pursuing socio-economic programmes aimed at giving employment opportunities to the youths.  

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