8 August 2012

Libya: 111 Nigerians Repatriated From Libya

Photo: Fred Abrahams/Human Rights Watch
Nigerian community in Tripoli (file photo).

Lagos — One hundred and one Nigerians were brought into the country from Libya through the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos on Monday night.

It was gathered that out of the figure, 47 were adult males, 52 adult females, four boys and eight girls. The South-West zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Iyiola Akande said, "One hundred and sixty two people were ready to return to Nigeria, and the figure rose to 172 at the point of departure in Libya. But when it was time to board the plane, 61 persons declined".

Akande urged the returnees to take into account the trauma and hardship that they went through in the foreign land, and avail themselves of the abundant opportunities abound in Nigeria.

He added that whatever one achieves in a foreign land, he is still considered a second class citizen, and consequently deprived of many opportunities. He, therefore, enjoined them to consider their return as a challenge and start afresh.

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