FG Evacuates 136 More Nigerians From Libya

Another batch of 136 Nigerians stranded in Libya on Tuesday arrived the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The aircraft conveying the returnees touched down at the airport 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday morning. They were received by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other agencies on behalf of the Federal Government.

The returnees include 86 males, 50 females and eight children. They were conveyed by Medview Air, one of the airlines engaged by the Federal Government to evacuate the stranded Nigerians back home from the North African country.

They were thereafter transported to the reception centre for profiling and refreshment.

 

Some of the returnees who appeared sick were also attended to by medical officials. One of the returnees who was taken out on a stretcher was moved to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

Mr Eric Ebhodaghe, a Chief administration officer of NEMA who received the returnees on behalf of the Director-General of NEMA called on state government to expedite action in transporting their indigenes home from the reception centre for proper rehabilitation and integration in their various communities.

On Friday, February 2, 465 Nigerians were evacuated from Libya by the Federal Government. The returnees arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport at about 12:25 a.m. on board Max Air.

More batches of the returnees are, however, expected to make the evacuation window as the Government looks to meet the over 5,300 target of Nigerian returnees.

 

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.”

 

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.

Breaking: FG Provides Emergency Numbers For Nigerians In Libya

Following the jarring report by CNN about how Africans were being sold as slaves in Libya, The Federal Government has provided emergency numbers and email addresses for distressed Nigerians in Libya who may wish to contact the nation’s mission in Tripoli for assistance.

This is in addition to the evacuation service rendered to Nigerians who were stranded in the troubled state, a major gateway to Europe.

The spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, explained that the numbers are available 24 hours to render assistance to any Nigerian in need.
The numbers are, +218910144487, +218925099384 and +218917953365. The email addresses for contacting the Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja are: [email protected] and [email protected]

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.