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File: Nigerian deported speaking with journalists at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja on December 11, 2014. | Isaac Jimoh Ayodele

he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Wednesday, September 6, 2017 said 121 Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Suleiman Yakubu, received them on behalf of the federal government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that NEMA had on August 29 received another batch of 139 returnees from Libya.

NAN reports that the total number of Nigerian returnees brought back from Libya by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), from February, 2017 to date is 2,638.

According to a statement signed by the South-West spokesperson of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, Mr. Yakubu said that the agency received the 121 returnees from the officials of IOM.

The profiling of the returnees indicated that there were 60 female adults, one girl, 57 male adults and two male children and a male infant.

“One of the returnees, Ms Omolara Owoade, who hails from Apomu in Osun, claimed that she spent one year and two months in Libya.

“Owoade worked as a cleaner in a hospital and when it was time for her to collect her salary, she was accused of stealing and taken to prison from where the IOM came to her rescue.

“She said N662,000 was collected from her by a trafficker and vowed that she would get her money back from her trafficker once she returns to Nigeria.

“Owoade also narrated to NEMA, on her arrival, that many Nigerians are suffering the same fate,” Yakubu said.

The NEMA zonal coordinator said that the deportees were also received by officers from the Nigerian Immigration Service, (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Police and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN).

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