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Returnee Reveals Why Nigerians in Libya Must be Evacuated Now
By Tochukwu Ekoh

One of the 164 Nigerians exiled from Libya, Mr Emmanuel Keshi,  the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU)  has warned that Nigerians may be used as human shield in clashes between the various groups in the North African country in case of post-election violence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ifom was one of the latest new returnees from Libya who arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34 a.m.

The Delta indigene told newsmen that he dropped out of the University to embark on the perilous journey in August.

Keshi lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in the volatile North African country.

He said:

“I learnt that Buhari has directed the evacuation of all Nigerians from Libya. I thank the President for this because the boys (Nigerians) in Libya are really suffering and lacking human rights as they are being treated as animal. The President’s directive is very important because of the coming election in Libya.”

They were received on behalf of the Federal Government by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja.

Mahaija, who was represented by the South West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, gave the breakdown of the returnees as 155 male adults, five female adults and four children and infants.

He thanked the IOM and the EU for their humanitarianism and enjoined the returnees to learn from the bitter lessons they learned in the course of their unpalatable sojourn.

Mahaija charged them to make use of the various schemes being put in place by the Federal and State governments to reintegrate themselves into the society.

He added,


“There’s no place like home and Nigeria is peculiar nation that God has endowed with bountiful resources that everyone can harness and prosper.”

NAN reports that the returnees were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

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