Wednesday, 21 June 2017

175 Nigeria Libya returnees arrive Lagos Airport

Another set of 175 Nigerians who voluntarily agreed to be deported from Libya Tuesday arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos  aboard a chartered Nouvelair  aircraft with registration number TS-INA.
The aircraft  carrying  the returnees, made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants, arrived late and the deportees were profiled late into the night by the various security agencies at the Airport.
They were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM9) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya. And 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) and the Police.
Also  present were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Addressing newsmen, Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA,  said “the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to stem irregular migration and return stranded Nigerians from Libya”.

Ohemu advised Nigerians to stay back and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.
According to him,"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 to and not to be deceived by phantom promises," he said.
Ohemu  further said NEMA and some state governments had put various schemes in place to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.
Also speaking, Mr Joseph Famakinwa, Zonal Director, NAPTIP, 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”, he said.

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