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12,574 Stranded Nigerians Repatriated From Libya in 23 Months



The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has hinted that 12,574 Nigerians have returned from Libya under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme, which began in April 2017.

NEMA’s coordinator for Lagos Territorial Office, Mallam Idris Muhammed, announced the figure yesterday when he received the last batch of Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) from the North African country

Muhammed said that over 4,900 of the returnees had been trained on various skills acquisition and empowerment programmes by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through special funding facilitated by the European Union (EU”.

He added that most of the returnees had set up businesses in their choice of occupation and were contributing their quota to national development.

Muhammed assured the returnees of the federal government’s readiness to continue to support and collaborate with other development partners in providing the enabling environment for young Nigerians to actualise their potential.

He said that the new returnees arrived on the 64th flight facilitated by the IOM and EU.

Muhammed said: “The returnees were brought back aboard an Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-800 aircraft with flight number UZ 389-390 and registration number 5A-DMG.

“The aircraft arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at about 9.45 p.m. At the end of profiling, the breakdown of the returnees shows that they were 62 female adults, 11 female children and 11 female infants making a total of 84 females.

“The males were composed of 74 male adults, 12 male children and four male infants making a total of 90 males,” the NEMA coordinator said.

Details on the new returnees indicated that 62 adult females, 11 female children and 11 female infants made the total of 84 females while the males were composed of 74 male adults, 12 male children and 15 male infants making a total of 90 males that were brought back.