The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday disclosed that 1, 295 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in November after failed plans to migrate to Europe.

According to NEMA, the Nigerians returned in various batches between Nov. 6 and Nov. 30 with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made the disclosure in Lagos while receiving a fresh batch of Nigerians from Libya on Thursday.  

According to NEMA, the returnees were brought back aboard a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number: 6A-DMG which landed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 9.15pm.

They are made up of 13 female adults and one teenage girl while the male were 135 and a baby boy.

They were received on behalf of Maihajja by the South West Zonal coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu.

 Among other agencies on ground to receive the Nigerians were officials of NAPTIP, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police.


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