Another batch of One Hundred and Seventy-five (175) Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-INA.
The aircraft of the returnees, who were made up of of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants, landed at 7.50p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.
The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.
Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Speaking to pressmen, Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, Director, Search and Rescue, NEMA, said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to stem irregular migration and return stranded Nigerians from Libya.
He further urged Nigerians to stay back and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.
“There are a lot of things you can do in Nigeria here.
“You don’t have to travel outside the country in search of greener pastures.
“My advice to parents is to keep tab on their children and to ensure that they know where their children are going and not to be deceived by phantom promises,” he said.
Ohemu said NEMA and some state governments had put various schemes in place to help rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.