Two batches of 173 stranded Nigerians arrive from Libya

*(File photo): Returnees queue to be attended to by state officials after alighting from chartered aircraft that brought home 150 migrants from Libya at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, on December 5, 2017. / AFP Photo / Pius Utomi Ekpei

 The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received two batches of 173 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The returnees who arrived in two different flights today were received at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by NEMA’s coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, Mr. Idris Abubakar Muhammed.

A chartered aircraft belonging to Al Buraq Air marked BRQ 189.14 and registration number 5A-DMG.MRA which brought 162 from Misrata landed around 4am brought 162 while another flight brought 11 other returnees from Bengazil arrived about 5am.

The returnees included 52 adult females, four female children and four female infants; 106 adult males, two male children and five male infants.

Twenty-one of the returnees, according to NEMA, had medical issues.

Narrating her ordeal while in Libya, Ogun State-born Miss Areni Aishat, 23, said she was deceived with the promise of traveling to New York, United States to work as a caterer.

She said in her own words: “I graduated as a catering apprehensive and the Aunty told me that she can help me to travel to USA where I do my work better.

“She told me that she would pay for my transportation and that I would refund when I start working there.

“I did not know that she was deceiving me until we left know and embarked on long journey.

“It was my mates that revealed to me that it was Libya they were heading when she started making trouble that it was USA she was promised.

“When we got to Libya, she was told me there’s nothing like catering job that either to be a house girl or to be sold out to Connection House that is prostitution network.”

She said she worked for 15 months and remitted five months pay to the Aunty.

“I decided to return home because the nature of the work is not ideal for human being.

“For those who are still thinking of traveling to Libya…never contemplate doing so.

Nigeria is far better than Libya; Libya is dangerous. It is either you are kidnapped, killed, raped, robbed or bombing here and there. Nigerians are not safe there,” she added.


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