155 Nigerians Return From Libya

155 Nigerians Return From Libya155 Nigerians have returned to the country from Libya; a process which was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) that says it believes in the humane return of economic migrants.

The Deputy Director, Search and Rescue, of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Dr. Bandele Onimode, revealed the number of Nigerians who were assisted home.

According to him, “Between March 2016 and December 2016, a total of 867 Nigerian nationals have been assisted home by IOM.

“Between February 2017 and today, a total of 654- If you put that together, you have a total of 1,521 Nigerian nationals that have been assisted by IOM to return back home.”

Explaining further, he noted that the exercise begun in 2001 and the IOM had assisted about 7,000 Nigerians back home from various countries.

The returnees expressed their excitement over their return as it was reported that many of them often end up in grim circumstances in Libya, while failing to reach Europe.

Iraqi Forces Recapture Second Bridge

Iraqi Forces Recapture Al-Hurriya Freedom Bridge, International Organisation for MigrationThe Iraqi Security Forces have launched a rocket against the Islamic State militants’ positions during clashes in the western part of Mosul, recapturing the second bridge.

The Al-Hurriya Freedom Bridge is the second of five bridges to be recaptured since the operation to retake the city from so-called Islamic State began in October.

This comes a day after Iraqi forces launched a new push against the western part of Mosul, as all five bridges were damaged in the coalition air strikes.

The International Organisation for Migration said about 45,000 people have fled as a result of intense fighting.

Aid agencies also said they can barely cope with the number of people arriving at their camps.

Osinbajo Advocates Care And Respect For Migrants

Yemi Osinbajo, MigrantsVice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has stressed the need to treat migrants with some form of care and respect, as most of them were forced to leave their ancestral homes.

Professor Osinbajo made the emphasis on Tuesday while addressing experts on migration issues at the Annual National Migration Dialogue in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the internal conflicts and terrorist activities in some countries were largely responsible for cases of forced migration.

Professor Osinbajo, therefore, advised the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to ensure proper documentation of migrants across the world.

Also addressing the gathering, the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouq, stressed the need for a holistic approach to issues of migration.

In his remark, the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, pledged to support Nigeria in addressing challenges of migration.

IOM Chief of Mission, Nigeria Country Office, Enira Krdzalic, gave an analysis of the statistics of migrants who die daily trying to pass through illegal routes.

Experts at the event noted that migration enhances regional and global integration and called for policy coherence in migration governance.

Sweden Gives $56mln Facilities To Humanitarian Workers In Borno State

UNICEF, Boko HaramThe Swedish Government has donated facilities worth $56 million to humanitarian workers in northern Nigeria’s Borno State.

A cargo containing the items, which was the first batch of the facilities, arrived in Maiduguri on Monday and was received by Ambassador Inger Ultvedt at the Airport.

The cargo contains items for construction of movable hubs for humanitarian workers operating in camps around Maiduguri and liberated towns across the state.

The hubs are meant for UN affiliated humanitarian organisations operating in Borno State.

Swedish Ambassador Ultvedt believes that situating offices, clinics and accommodation facilities for humanitarians within areas of operations would equip staff to perform more efficiently.

The facilities are costing the Sweden government a whopping $56 million, according to the ambassador.

“This consignment has come from Sweden and it is actually for working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) because this consignment consists of housing unit for a hundred people, a small health clinic, kitchen and restaurants and it also comes with some generators and it’s actually for both Nigerians as well as international aid workers for them to be able to work more outside Maiduguri,” he told reporters.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), recently recognised by he UN General Assembly as a related organisation to the UN is one of the beneficiaries of the Swedish government’s intervention.

The Head of IOM Sub Office in Maiduguri, Emma Khakula, believes that the facilities would offer space for coordination among the humanitarian groups and government officials.

“Office and accommodation in this newly accessible areas or rather centres for operation for humanitarian staff have really been lacking so the cargo that we see here today is the first of many shipments that would come in to ensure that we have good operational centres set up.

“Our first pilot project is going to be in Dikwa after Maiduguri and we will see the same rolled out into Bama,Gwoza and all these areas where we have pockets of displaced persons,” Khakula told reporters.

The Borno State government recently bemoaned the influx of questionable humanitarian organisations in Maiduguri making little or no impacts.

The Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, had said i was unfortunately hat a lot of people were smiling their way to the bank on the agonies of the displaced persons.

“We have over two hundred NGOs in Maiduguri alone. In fact because of the presence of these NGO that operate largely from hotels and parts of the GRA they have jerked up the prices of houses in Maiduguri.

“Hitherto a three bedroom flat in Maiduguri used to go for 250,000 Naira but now you have to cough out two to three million Naira all because of the presence of the so called NGOS,” Governor Shettima stated.

A Nigerian Senate committee on the northeast humanitarian crisis is already investigating the worrisome trend.

With the latest donation for UN recognised humanitarian organisations, IDPs in liberated areas are expected to have access to more humanitarian assistance.

It will also serve as a wake up call to redundant organisations.

Different UN agencies have called for more aid for displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast, raising concerns over severe malnutrition in the region triggered by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Aid in form of nutritious food, UNICEF said, was needed in the region, where it said over 70,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women risk death before the end of the year if nothing was done.

241 Nigerians Repatriated From Libya

Libya, Deportees, NigeriansThe International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday facilitated the repatriation of 241 Nigerian returnees from Libya.

A breakdown of the figure indicated that 67 females were deported in which six of them were under the age of 18 and four others were below four years.

The analysis further revealed that 174 males, with three below 18 years and one under the age of four, were also repatriated.

A male and two female returnees are receiving medical treatments at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The returnees were received by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the MMI Airport.

NEMA has facilitated their transportation to their respective states of origin while some were offered transport fares to their places of destinations.

The returnees are some of the stranded Nigerians trying to look for greener pastures in foreign lands through Libya.

162 Nigerians Return From Libya

Libya162 Nigerians stranded in Libya have voluntarily returned to the country.

The returnees comprising 132 males, 27 females and 3 children arrived the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos on Thursday aboard an airbus A320 aircraft.

Two of the returnees, who were in critical condition were immediately taken to hospital for medical attention.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Swiss government and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

34 Migrants Die In Niger Republic

Niger RepublicA total of 34 migrants, including 20 children, have been found dead in Niger Republic’s vast desert, after being abandoned by their smuggler.

In a statement, the Government said that Agadez, which is in the landlocked country’s arid north, is a popular way-station for migrants attempting to traverse the Sahara Desert and reach Libya and eventually Europe.

The Interior Minister, Bazoum Mohammed, on Wednesday explained that the migrants had died of thirst. He stated that of the adult migrants, nine were women and five were men.

Two victims have been identified as Nigerian but the nationalities of the others were not yet clear.

Last year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said that about 120,000 people crossed through Agadez.

However, IOM confirmed that 37 migrants died in the desert last year.

UN Agency Begins Relocation Of 10,000 Mozambican Refugees To Malawi

Mozambican-asylum-seekers-refugees move to malawiThe UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says relocation of some 10,000 Mozambican asylum-seekers to Malawi aimed at improving the conditions in which they are living has started on Friday.

A statement by the agency said a first group of 81 asylum-seekers left Nsanje district on two buses to make the 320-km journey to Luwani in the country’s southeast.

“On arrival, they will stay at a transit centre for up to two days until they are provided with a plot of land, food, shelter materials and household items,” the statement read.

Since last December, Malawi has seen an increase in new arrivals from Mozambique, peaking at more than 250 people per day in early March.

The numbers have since decreased significantly, but those who have managed to cross have informed the UNHCR that they were turning to alternate routes due to increased military presence along the border.

The UNHCR further called upon all actors to respect the right to seek asylum.

Last month, the Government of Malawi authorised UNHCR to relocate the Mozambican asylum-seekers to a former camp at Luwani that has been re-opened for the purpose.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has partnered with the UN Refugee Agency to provide logistical support.

According to the UN, the majority of the Mozambican asylum-seekers, nearly 10,000, have been living in overcrowded conditions in an area about 100-kilometres south of the capital Lilongwe.

Most are in the village of Kapise, close to the border with Mozambique, where heavy rains are at present making roads impassable.

For this reason, UNHCR and the Government of Malawi agreed that the transfer to Luwani would begin first with families located in the district of Nsanje.

Malawi already hosts some 25,000 refugees and asylum-seekers mostly from the Great Lakes region and the Horn of Africa in Dzaleka camp located some 35kms from Lilongwe. The camp is already stretched to capacity, with severely limited resources to assist refugees.

The UNHCR said it would together with the UNICEF, WFP, IOM, UN Women, MSF, Plan International, Acción Contra el Hambre-Spain, Plan International, Oxfam, World Vision, Norwegian Church Aid, and Participatory Rural Development Organisation (PRDO) continue to provide essential services, including water and sanitation, food, shelter and health care, and psycho-social support to the refugees in Luwani.

Over 172 Nigerians Deported From Libya

deported172 Nigerians deported from Libya have returned to the country under the voluntary returnee programme organised by the International Organisation for Migration, IOM.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Immigration Service, Ekpedeme King, who confirmed the return of the deportees, said that the voluntary returnee programme done in conjunction with the European Union and the Italian government, supports stranded illegal migrants willing to go home to return to their countries.

 

Mr Ekpedeme said that the deported Nigerians are suspected to have stayed back in Libya for different periods not more than nine months, after failed attempts to enter Europe from Libya.

He said that more Nigerians are still camped at the immigration detention camp in Libya which also houses nationals of other countries who are yet to volunteer to return home.

The immigration spokesperson said forceful deportation is not yet an option as the International Organisation for Migration is still in dialogue with the illegal migrants to encourage more voluntary repatriation.

FG evacuates 111 Nigerians from Libya

Another batch of Nigerian emigrants, including women and children who were evacuated from Libya, arrived in the country in the late hours of Monday.

The South-west Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr. Iyiola Akande revealed that out of 162 Nigerians originally scheduled to depart Tripoli, only 111 were received on arrival.

The evacuation was made possible by the Nigerian embassy in Libya, with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration, NEMA and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Recounting their ordeals, the returnees lamented the treatment meted on them by the post-war Transitional Ruling Council in the north African country.