Illegal Migration: 15,731 Nigerians Returned From 16 Countries In Two Years – NEMA

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has revealed that a total of 15,731 returnees have been brought back to Nigeria from 16 countries since April 2017 to date.

According to the Acting Coordinator of NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, Nigerian nationals returned from Libya remains the highest number with 8,096 males and 5,788 females.

Mr. Farinloye, while receiving a fresh batch of 168 distressed and stranded Nigerians from Libya on Friday morning at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Cargo Wing, stated that a special intervention by the IOM with the support of EU has successfully returned the illegal migrants during the two years review.

Other countries in the list include; Niger Republic – 1,043 males and 556 females; Morocco – 42 males, 37 females; Liberia 8 males and 4 females; Burkina Faso 6 males and 18 females.

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He added that countries like France had 3 males and 1 female, while Ireland had only 1 female. But countries like Poland, Austria, Gambia, Mauritania, and Ethiopia had 1 male each.

Chad had only 1 male and 2 female, while Cote d’Ivoire had only 2 females brought back within the periods.

Adult males formed an estimated 54 percent, the adult female stands at 37 percent, while male and female minors were at 4 percent each.

He further gave a breakdown of states of origin for distressed migrants returned in the year in review.

Edo topped the list with 40.6 percent, while Delta came second with 13.3 percent and Ogun made the third on the list with 6.2 percent.

Other states include; Imo 4.7 percent; Lagos 4.3 percent; Oyo 4.1 percent; Yobe 3.6 percent; Kano 3.1 percent and Osun with 2.9 percent.

On the state of the health conditions, Mr. Farinloye revealed that 31 males and 21 females suffered various degree tortures while in detention in Libya.

He added that the number of unaccompanied minors assisted back into the country stood at 66 males and 67 females.

Those who were kidnapped out of Nigeria, but assisted back had 79 males and 31 females. Single parents had 41 males and 616 females.

Stating further, Mr. Farinloye revealed that the total number of pregnant women brought back in the year in review stood at 439 while 592 males and 804 females were returned with various medical issues.

He wrapped up the breakdown with the number of migrants assisted back into the country with psychosocial needs, revealing that the number of males remained 523, while females have reached 470.

The fresh voluntary returnees had 38 adult females, 5 female children, 109 adult males, 6 male children, and 10 infants.

Senate To Investigate NEMA Over ‘Selective’ Disaster Response

 

The Senate has directed its Committees on Special Duties, Ecology and Climate Change and Environment to investigate the effectiveness of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) over disaster response in 2019.

According to the Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo, the Red Chamber also directed NEMA to immediately implement a response programme for the flood disaster that affected various communities in Demsa, Numa, Guyuk and Lamurde Local Governments of Adamawa State.

These were some of the resolutions reached at plenary on Tuesday sequel to the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Binos Yaroe (APC, Adamawa South).

According to Yaroe, NEMA was established by Act 50 of the 1999 Constitution as amended for the purpose of managing disasters in Nigeria.

The lawmaker who lamented a major flooding which occurred in October 2019 as a result of the release of excess water by the authorities of Lagbo dam in Cameroon, accused NEMA of being selective in its disaster response interventions.

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“NEMA performed a disaster response action by distributing relief materials to communities in Furore, Yola South, Yola North and Girei Local Governments of Adamawa State affected by the floods.

“This intervention by NEMA was not extended to other local governments in Adamawa State along the River Benue valley equally affected by the flood disaster.

“Although the attention of the Director-General of NEMA was drawn to the need to provide relief materials to communities of the four local governments in Adamawa State severely affected by the October floods, nothing has been done; and NEMA would appear to be selective in its disaster response interventions,” Yaroe said.

Meanwhile, the Senate also considered a Bill for an Act to amend the National Council on Public Procurement and Bureau of Public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007.

The bill which was sponsored by Senator Abdullahi Sankara is among the three bills up for amendment of the Public Procurement Act by the National Assembly.

According to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, an amendment to the Public Procurement Act would ensure a successful implementation of the 2020 budget when passed into law by the National Assembly.

The Public Procurement Bill sponsored by Senator Sankara was referred to the Senate Committee on Public Procurement for further legislative work.

NEMA Receives 173 Nigerian Returnees From Libya

A total number of 173 stranded Nigerians on Tuesday morning returned from Libya and they were received by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The returnees who arrived in the country on two different flights were received by the NEMA coordinator, Lagos territorial office, Alhaji Idris Abubakar Muhammed at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Ikeja.

Profiling of the returnees indicated that they were 106 adult males, 52 adult females, four female children, two male children, four female infants, and five male infants.

Twenty-one of the returnees had medical issues.

One of the returnees, Miss Aishat Areni narrated how she was lured by a trafficker with a promise of travelling to New York City, USA to practice catering.

Contrary to the promise, Areni said on arrival in Libya, she was forced into domestic labour and prostitution.

The returnee advised those planning to travel to Libya that it’s a dangerous country, where kidnapping, murder, robbery and bombings are rife.

Residents Flee As Bandits Sack Niger Village

 

The Niger state Emergency Management Agency says Armed bandits numbering about two hundred have overrun Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, sacking the people from their homes.

The Director General of the Agency, Mr Ahmed Inga told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that he received a report from the area that the gunmen invaded the community in broad daylight on Monday, shooting sporadically into the air.

He says they also subjected the people to torturing, beating some of them to the point that they became unconscious.

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The NSEMA boss says the bandits are ransacking each house in the village, dispossessing the people of their belongings including food, clothing materials, cellphones, while also rustling their cattle.

Mr Inga who says no casualty has been reported yet, however discloses that the villagers numbering over three hundred have fled their homes through the forest and crossing rivers.

Most of the victims are said to be women and children.

According to Mr Inga, some of them are currently taking shelter in a School at Kagara in Rafi local government area of the state.

As at the time of filing this report, the bandits are said to still be in the village, ransacking houses for food stuff and other valuables.

Nine Dead In Jos Building Collapse, Rescue Operations Ongoing

Nine persons have been confirmed dead while two others have been rescued after a building collapsed in Jos, Plateau State.

The three-storey building collapsed on Butcher Street, Dilimi area of Jos North Local Government Area on Monday evening.

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The figure was confirmed by NEMA’s Head of Rescue Operations, North Central, Mr Nurudeen Musa. He noted that the rescue operation is still ongoing with evacuator machinery mobilised to the site of the collapse.

The joint rescue effort is being carried out by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Plateau State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officers, the fire brigade, police officers and members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

The search and rescue operators, however, lamented that their operation is been hindered by the crowd.

 

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NEMA Distributes Agricultural Inputs To Jigawa Flood Victims

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has commenced the distribution of agricultural inputs to thousands of affected farmers in 19 Local Government Areas of Jigawa State.

NEMA’s distribution team leader in the state, Saad Bello, explained that this was part of measures to assist farmers affected by the flood that hit Jigawa in 2018.

He noted that hundreds of farmers have so far received the inputs since the flagged off of the distribution in Ringim centre.

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Bello added that the exercise was ongoing while it would also take place at various centres simultaneously in the state.

He advised the farmers not to sell the agricultural inputs they have gotten, saying they were distributed to assist them in improving their farming.

One of the beneficiaries in Ringim, Inusa Magaji, thanked NEMA and the Federal Government for the intervention which noted would go a long way to boost their farm production.

Another beneficiary, Garzali Sani, said he was grateful for the assistance as he could not ordinarily afford to buy some of the items he has received.

Items being distributed include seedlings of rice, sorghum, millet, maize and sesame, as well as fertilizers, sprayers and agro-chemicals, among others.

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137 Nigerians Return From Libya

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 137 stranded Nigerians from Libya, bringing the number of Nigerian returnees from the country to 12,457.

They were brought back in a Charter Al Buraq Airline, which landed at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at about 8:20 pm on Thursday.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by the coordinator, NEMA Lagos Territorial Office, Idris Muhammed.

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According to him, the returnees consisted of 94 male, 34 female and nine children and infants.

This latest batch brings the total number of Assisted Voluntary Returnees from 10 different countries to 14,036 since April 2017, when the European Union and International Organisation for Migration special programme began.

NEMA Repatriates 136 Stranded Nigerians From Libya 

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received a fresh batch of 136 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The returnees arrived at the cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja last night and were received by NEMA officials alongside officials of other national agencies.

The returnees who were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) consist of 59 adult females, 4 female children, and 5 female infants.

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63 of them are adult males, 2 male children and 3 infant males.

The European Union has pledged to support the IOM and other aid agencies with funds to complete the reintegration of the returnees to the larger society.

180 More Nigerians Return From Libya

180 Stranded Nigerians Return From Libya

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it has received a batch of 180 Nigerians stranded in Libya.

According to a statement from the agency on Tuesday, the returnees comprised 82 female adults, two female children, and 11 female infants.

Similarly, the males comprised 79 adults, one child, and five infants, making a total of 95 females and 85 males.

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The returnees arrived aboard an airplane which landed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja in Lagos on Monday night.

They were received by the coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, Mr Idris Muhammed, who urged them to make better use of their bitter experiences in positive ways.

He asked the returnees to turn a new leaf and forge ahead of the dangers and risks that they escaped in the course of their unfortunate sojourn.

Muhammed also appealed to all the segments of the society to see the menace of irregular migrations as an emergency situation.

He said that any situation where life was under threat must be considered to be an emergency and all hands must be on deck to stem to stop and prevent it.

The coordinator explained that in emergency situations, everyone has a role to play, including the media, NGO, and government agencies among others.

He also asked parents to partner and cooperate with relevant agencies to stem the menace of irregular migration through continuous enlightenment and awareness creation across the board.

NEMA Distributes Relief, Empowerment Items To 785 Flood Victims In Ogun

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to 785 residents of Ogun State who were affected by flash floods on July 13, 2018.

At a ceremony in the state capital, Abeokuta, beneficiaries were also presented with empowerment materials such as sewing machines, pumping machines, grinding machines, hair dryers to boost their means of livelihood.

They commended the Federal Government for the initiative which they believe will reduce their sufferings.

According to the spokesperson for the agency in the Southwest region, Ibrahim Farinloye, the initiative is the third phase of the government’s Joint Direct Distribution Of Livelihood Restoration Materials to persons affected by the flooding last year.

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The development comes nearly a week after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the sum of N27.4 billion as intervention funds for victims of floods, conflicts, and insecurity across the nation.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who is also Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council had disclosed this to journalists last Wednesday.

Bagudu noted that 69, 872 persons will benefit from over N8 billion earmarked for the victims of conflict and insecurity, while N18 billion was specifically earmarked for flood victims across 14 states.

Among the worst hit were Niger, Kogi, Delta and Anambra states – a situation which led the Federal Government to declare flooding a national disaster in the four states while eight others were placed on watch list.

NEMA Receives Another 174 Nigerian Returnees From Libya

 

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another 174 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

They include 84 females, comprising of 62 adults, 11 children, 11 infants, also 90 males, comprising 74 adults, 12 children, and 4 infants.

The coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos territorial office, Idris Muhammed gave this information when he received the latest batch of 174 Nigerians on the 64th flight.

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He said the Federal Government is working with state and local authorities to ensure that the returnees are given a new lease of life and a sense of belonging.

According to him, over 4,900 of those that have returned have been given various skills acquisition training and empowered to set up businesses in their choice of occupation.

A total of 12,574 Nigerians have returned from Libya as part of the assisted voluntary returnees program of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which started in April 2017.

Ex-NEMA Boss, Supporters Dump PDP In Kaduna

Ex-NEMA Boss, Supporters Dump PDP In Kaduna

 

A former Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Mohammed Sidi, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State.

Sidi, who is a governorship aspirant, announced his exit from the party in a statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Ahmed Maiyaki.

With less than one week to the governorship and houses of assembly elections, he said he has left the party along with hundreds of his supporters across the 23 local government areas of the state.

The former NEMA DG explained that their decision to leave the PDP was due to what he described as the manipulation of the party’s primaries in 2018.

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He alleged that the exercise was characterised by impunity, lack of internal democracy, and intimidation of party delegates by the leadership of the party.

Sidi, however, did not declare any political party he and his supporters would pitch their tent ahead of the elections.

He also accused the PDP leadership in Kaduna of failing to genuinely engage all aspirants towards consultation and reconciliation, a task he said was important to help the party forge ahead.

In a letter sent to the chairman of the party at Unguwan Sarki Ward in Kaduna North Local Government Area, the former NEMA DG claimed that there was mistrust among the party leadership, the governorship candidate, and some members.

It read, “It is based on these reasons and after due consultation with my political associates across the 23 local government areas, l decided to resign my membership of the party henceforth. And l thank you most sincerely for your support while in the party.”