Osun Govt Receives 11 Libya Returnees, As NEMA Commends Aregbesola

The State Government of Osun has received 11 indigenes of the state that were evacuated from Libya by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) and security agents.

The returnees arrived Nigeria on Friday and were received at the Hajj Camp, Port Harcourt International Airport.

Speaking with newsmen on Monday in Osogbo, the Director of Operation, of State of Osun Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Akin Adetuberu said the returnees included nine women, two men, a lady and a three-month old baby boy.

The returnees were conveyed to Osogbo in a 32-seater Coaster bus, according to Adetuberu.

He stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is always concerned about the plight of Osun indigenes within and outside the country, just as he commended the governor for his timely response on the transportation of the returnees to Osun.

He advised that anybody seeking a better job outside Nigeria should follow due process, disclosing that the Osun indigene Libya returnees faced a lot of hardship in the land because they lack the necessary travelling papers.

In his remarks, Assistant Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Tickman Tanimu lauded Aregbesola for attending to the immediate needs of the evacuated Osun indigene in Libya.

One of the returnees, Mrs Jimoh Aisha, who claimed to hail from Ikirun appreciated Aregbesola for the fatherly role played for her and other returnees by sending government officials to bring them back home amidst all odds.

She promised that the memory of this goodwill of the state Governor shall continue to be evergreen in their lives.

The Commissioner for Sports, Special Needs and Social Intervention, Comrade Biyi Odunlade who received the returnees in Osogbo on Saturday morning, said the government has camped the returnees and attending to their welfare.

Odunlade said the state government was profiling the returnees for proper documentation and further necessary action.

8 Pregnant Women, 10 Infants Among Nigerians Rescued From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency, on Wednesday received a new set of 157 Nigerians comprising 54 adult females, 90 adult males, three children and 10 infants from Libya. Amongst the returnees were eight pregnant women and one person with a medical case.

The flight, BURAQ Airlines Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 9.45pm.

The Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, who received the returnees, told them to beware of seeking greener pastures anywhere outside the country.

The DG, who was represented by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, also assured the returnees that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to bring back all Nigerians willing to return home.

He added that special incentives were being put in place for all of them to restart their lives.

Maihaja also enjoined them to see their ordeal in Libya as a challenge to help grow the Nigerian economy.

He added, “You have gone out and you have seen things yourself that Nigeria is a great country, your contributions can make it the greater country you crave for and I want you all to help turn things around for the development of this nation.”


Over 25,000 Nigerians Affected By Libya Slave Trade In 2017 – NAPTIP

The Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli, has disclosed that more than 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave and sex camps in Lybia.

Okah-Donli made this known while defending the agency’s 2018 budget before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on Tuesday.

She said of the figure, about 5000 of the victims were repatriated within the period.

“A large number of Nigerians have also been returned from other countries in Europe and Africa.

“All these people need to be properly received, profiled and assisted.

“NAPTIP has been working in conjunction with other governmental and non-governmental agencies such as NEMA, International Organisation for Migration and others to provide help to these unfortunate Nigerians,” she said.

She lamented that in spite of the evils of human trafficking not so much attention was focused on the menace.

She said the recent trend which marked the resurgence of the slave trade was more alarming and required the attention it deserved.

According to her, the task before the agency is enormous while budgetary allocations have been comparatively low.

“It is my honour and privilege to raise a cry for help in this hallowed chamber on behalf of the most vulnerable members of the society, especially women and children.

“In recent months the odious and perverse consequences of human trafficking and irregular migration were forcefully brought to our television screens with gory tales,” she said.

She said if human trafficking was to be reduced or eliminated, massive public awareness, as well as, behavioural change campaigns must be sustained from the grassroots to the national level.

The NAPTIP boss further said many victims of trafficking needed to undergo skills acquisition training or formal education.

The NAPTIP boss, however, commended the Federal Government and other stakeholders for their support in the wake of the recent slave trade of Africans.


250 Nigerians Expected From Libya

The Federal Government has disclosed that 250 Nigerians will be repatriated from Libya on Tuesday (tomorrow), noting that 3,000 citizens had been brought back so far.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the returnees would arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by 7pm.

The Charge d’Affairs, Nigerian mission in Libya, Iliya Fachano said this while addressing members of the #Ourmumudondo coalition which staged a protest at the ministry on Monday in Abuja, demanding an end to slavery in the Arab nation.

Fachano explained that embassy officials visited the detention camps weekly where illegal migrants mostly from African countries were held.

He added that those identified as Nigerians were given emergency travel certificates to enable them to return to Nigeria on chartered aircraft financed by the International Organisation for Migration.

He said, “The IOM informs the mission once Nigerians are identified among the illegal migrants, we then visit the detention camps, register them and give them emergency travel certificate, then schedule a
date for their return.

“The mission repatriates immigrant Nigerians weekly, tomorrow being December 5, 2017, 250 Nigerian migrants will arrive Lagos by 7pm.”

The diplomat said the exercise is carried out regularly, adding that after immigrants are scheduled for a flight, their names contained in a manifest is sent to Nigeria.

He added, “They are not only Nigerians there, there are other nationalities like Ghanaian, Gambians; so the Nigerian embassy visits that place to identify its own people.

“So far we have registered about 2,000 Nigerians now, the 250 will return tomorrow because no plane has the capacity to take all the detained people at once. And all the detained people are not only Nigerians.”

The CDA said the moment the immigrants were brought back to the country, the National Emergency Management Agency would receive and ensure they are resettled.

“Migration is not an issue, it only becomes an issue if it is illegal. Our duty as government is to protect both Nigerians that run foul of the law and those here in the country; Government is responsible for everybody, we don’t say because you’re detained by this person we won’t bring you back,” Fachano stated.

Speaking earlier, the coalition demanded an emergency meeting of African Union to discuss the human trafficking issues in Libya which they insisted should not be left to the European Union to address.

A member, Ariyo Atoye, berated President Muhammadu Buhari for not doing enough to address the root cause of illegal migration which he traced to the economic situation in the country.

The protesters, led by musician and activist, Charlie Boy, sealed their mouths with duct tapes and chained their hands to depict the sufferings of many Nigerians and Africans in Libya.

Charlyboy Group Strapped In Chains To Protest Libya Slave Trade In Abuja


There was mild drama as the group of good governance protesters led by veteran musician, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy, stormed the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja to demand proactive and reactive steps from the federal government over the plight of Nigerians sold as slaves in Libya.


The group carried out the protest strapped in chains, handcuffs and sealed mouth to drive home their points.


This comes as the Nigerian Charge D’Affaire to Libya, Ambassador Iliya Danladi Fachano, addressed the media on reports of auctioning of Nigerian migrants and kidnapping for ransom in the country.


Buhari Pledges To Return Home Nigerians Trapped In Libya

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the illegal migration of Nigerians declaring that all Nigerians stranded in Libya and other parts of the world will be brought home and rehabilitated.

The President said this on Tuesday night in Abidjan while addressing Nigerians in the Diaspora.

He also vowed to reduce the number of Nigerians heading for Europe illegally through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by providing basic social amenities such as education, healthcare, and food security at home.

In an interactive session with members of the Nigerian Community in Cote D’ Ivoire, on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit, President Buhari said all necessary steps will be taken to stem the tide of illegal migration by Nigerians.

Buhari reacting to the report of the death 26 Nigerians in Mediterranean sea said it is very difficult to know the origin of the people who died, while attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, because of lack of documentation.

“When it was announced that 26 Nigerians died recently in the Mediterranean before they proved that they were all Nigerians they buried them.

“But the evidence I have from the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, (Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa) is that only three of them were identified as Nigerians. But I’ll not be surprised if the majority of them were Nigerians.”

The President then advised Nigerians in Cote D’ Ivoire to be good ambassadors in their host country, warning that the Embassy will not hesitate to repatriate those who tarnish the image of the country abroad.