With the help of IOM (International Organization for Migration) a fresh batch of 164 Nigerians from Libya arrived the country on Friday, December 8, NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) has reported.
NEMA’s south west zonal coordinator, Suleiman Yakubu who was at the airport to receive the returnees on behalf of agency’s director general, Mustapha Maihajja, said the returnees includes 155 male adults, three male children, one infant male, five female adults, one female child and a female infant.
All the returnees arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34am on a BURAQ Boeing 737 airline with registration number 5A-DMG.
Speaking with one of the returnees, Emmanuel Kessh from Delta state thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for directing the repatriation of all distressed Nigerians in Libya.
Kessh who dropped out of university to embark on the ill-fated journey in August said: “I learned that President Buhari has directed evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya, I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal.
“The president’s directive is very important because of the coming election in Libya, many Nigerians might be forced to be involved in the process as tools of the Libyans which can cause further disaffection against the stranded people among the various groups in Libya.
“I don’t wish to hear that Nigerians are being used as human shield in any clashes between the various groups in case of post-election violence over there.
“My decision is never to aspire to travel outside Nigeria. This is a bitter experience that I will not pray for anyone suffer in life,” Kessh said.