On Tuesday, 14th February 2017, one hundred and sixty one Nigerians who have been stranded in Libya voluntarily returned to the country. However, the returnees’ journey back to Nigeria was aided by International Organization for Migration (IOM) after the federal government asked for its assistance after confirming that some Nigerians were willing to return home.

“We are giving them some stipends. We need to let them realize that the country they left some years ago is not the same country they are meeting today. We have moved ahead and everybody now has equal opportunity to be the best you can be.” Alhaji Mohammed Sidi, Director General of NEMA, said.

According to Alhaji Sidi, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, Dr. Abdullahi Onimode, he stated that the deportees would be given some token to go back to their respective destinations while addressing the newsmen at the Hajj Camp wing of the airport where the returnees were profiled. He further advised those leaving the country in search of greener pastures to have a rethink and stay in the country to develop it

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