The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday received 126 Nigerians from Libya.
The trapped Nigerians landed at about 4:22 pm at Lagos’ Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
They include four female and six male infants, 62 female adults, two male and six female children, and 46 male adults.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting NEMA Coordinator for the Lagos Territorial Office, confirmed the occurrence in a statement to Channels Television.
The Coordinator claimed to speak on behalf of the Director General, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, and stated that the returnees were welcomed at the MMMIA’s Cargo Wing.
Farinloye said they were returned to the nation by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under a voluntary repatriation program on a Boeing 700-787 Al Buraq Air with registration number 5A-DMG.
According to Farinloye, the program was created for the struggling Nigerians who fled their country in search of better opportunities in other European nations but were unable to pay to come back when their travels proved to be unsatisfactory.
The Coordinator urged the returnees to start fresh by seeking out the many opportunities that exist in the nation and are sufficient for everyone to realize their ambitions.
He also urged the returnees to serve as advocates and activists against irregular migration, which exposes young people to various abuses and, in the worst circumstances, death.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Refugee Commission, the Nigerian Police, and other representatives were also there to welcome the returns.