The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday received another batch of 174 Nigerians who had been stranded in Libya as they arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
The Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) of the development in Lagos.
Farinloye said that the Nigerians arrived at the cargo wing of the airport at 3:45p.m. aboard a Boeing 737-800 of Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.
He said that the returnees were brought back to the country by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through a voluntary repatriation programme.
The acting coordinator said that the programme was meant for distressed Nigerians who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries but could not afford to return when their journey became frustrating.
Farinloye said that the returnees comprised 75 male adults, 69 female adults, 12 male and five female children, 10 female infant and three male infants.
He said that 23 among the returnees had minor medical cases.
“This year alone, this flight was the 12th recorded in Lagos that brought returnees from Libya,” Farinloye said.
He said that so far, about 2, 044 Nigerian returnees from Libya had been assisted back to the country through Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja this year.
The acting coordinator enjoined the returnees to turn a new leaf in looking for opportunities in the country that are enough for everyone to achieve their desired goals.