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141 Nigerians rescued from Libya

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THE spate of furore and public outcry sparked by inhuman fate of Nigerian migrants in Libya has started yielding fruits with about 141 people arriving at the Cargo Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos yesterday, from the North African country.

According to Chief Planning Officer of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Segun Afolayan, no fewer than141 Nigerians including 11 pregnant women were among the returnees, who voluntarily left Libya with the assistance of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union (EU).

“After profiling, we have 71 female adults, three female children and three female infants. Also, there are 53 male adults, six male children and five male infants – out of which two have medical cases – and 11 pregnant women,” Afolayan said.

Explaining that majority of the returnees are from Tripoli, the capital of Libya which has become volatile in recent times, Afolayan advised the migrants to put their experience behind them and become more focused in life.

“Truly, you had bad experiences differently, collectively and individually but these should be the motivation for you to make positive decision to see the brighter future ahead of you. This is because, no one can tell the story more than you and making better use of your lives is essential. The Federal Government is urging you to be ambassadors of positive change by taking the anti-irregular migration campaign to those still aspiring to take the dangerous journey. You can talk to them in the language they will understand most,” he added.

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