Alhaji Idris Muhammed, coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the development to newsmen on Thursday, May 23, in Ikeja, said the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 8.20p.m. on Wednesday aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG SEB.
He disclosed that they were the 69th batch of returnees brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.
The breakdown of the new returnees shows that they comprise of 71 female adults, 25 female children and 17 female infants.
“They also include 60 male adults, 12 male children and 10 male infants. “Among them were three male returnees with minor medical issues and seven pregnant women,” Muhammed said.
Muhammed urge Nigerian youths to look inwards and use the cash they had put aside for setting out on hazardous voyages, to set up good businesses in the nation.
One of the returnees, Kehinde Obala from Badagry, Lagos, lamented his visit in the unpredictable North African nation.
One of the returnees, Kehinde Obala from Badagry, Lagos, regretted his sojourn in the volatile North African country.
The 66 years old man said he was a successful mechanic and pastor in Libya until the war broke out and he lost everything. “I had a church over there but everything I worked for were destroyed.
“Ordinarily, I never thought of coming back to Nigeria but when I was assured and promised that I will be resettled when I return home that was why I came back.
“I have squandered my life with the exception of IOM and government are sufficiently generous to enable me to begin from the scratch,” he said.