The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday received 162 Nigerian returnees from Libya at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos about 3.30 a.m. aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft.
They comprised 100 females, including four pregnant women and 62 males.
The returnees were brought with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
The Coordinator, Lagos Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 3.30a.m on board a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft.
The coordinator, while welcoming the returnees, urged them to be agents of positive change by joining the campaign against irregular migration.
“Migration is protected by International and national statutes for movement of people through proper regularisation of papers that will protect and save you against risks of irregular migrations,” Muhammed said.
He disclosed that NEMA recently hosted a team from European Union on monitoring and evaluation of the special EU intervention on assisted voluntary return of migrants.
He said the exercise, which began in April 2017, is expected to end by April, 2020.
According to him, no fewer than 8,808 returnees have so far been repatriated back home to Nigeria from the volatile North African country.