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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has received a fresh batch of returnees from Libya.
The 160 returnees consisting of 74 females and 86 males (both adults and children), were received by the Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Idris Muhammed, at the Cargo Wing of MMIA, Ikeja Lagos on Thursday.
They were brought back by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of EU’s special intervention on Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.
While receiving them, the Coordinator implored other Nigerians still aspiring to travel out of the country to desist from irregular migration.
According to him, they expose themselves to inhumane conditions which could otherwise be avoided.
A returnee, Mrs Adebisi Komolafe, an indigene of Osun State narrating her ordeal said if she had an idea of how bad the experience would be, she wouldn’t have taken the chance.
She, however, called on Nigerians to keep praying for the leaders, saying that if God guides the leaders right, things may not be so bad in the country.
“Nigerians need to keep praying fervently for our leaders.
“Despite the bad situations in Libya, the people believe in their leaders and are praying fervently for them. They still see hope in their country”.
“If Nigerians can avoid blaming Government for everything, with faith and sincerity our prayers will be accepted by God.
“God will guide our leaders right if we direct our supplications to Almighty God to guide our leaders right.”
“I don’t wish any Nigerian should think of travelling to Libya, I never knew the situation in Libya before I left, if I had known, I wouldn’t have travelled there,” Komolafe said, adding “Nigeria is far better than that country”.
According to her, since she travelled in 2016, she worked as a maid but despite making some money, she could not send anything back home to her family in Nigeria.
“The only thing I did was to buy goods that I can sell when I get back to Nigeria and I brought everything back now,” she said.
Another returnee, Aisha Ibrahim from Oyo State, also said she regretted her ordeal.
According to her, her sister introduced her to the idea of travelling while convincing her that there were several opportunities in Libya to earn money.
She said, “My sister paid for my transportation and after a week on arrival in Libya, I got a housemaid work.
“You must work and carry out any instructions given by those people. You must do whatever directives given. Failure to comply obey them will attract still punishment or arrest.
“At times, I will not come back to my sister’s house for 3 or six months.
“In Libya, you don’t have freedom, once they hear you are a Nigerian, trouble starts. They don’t like us, you cannot change work.
“If you have travelling documents and you are caught, those documents will not be returned to you and you will be arrested.
“They can raid your house and cart away all your savings and property”.
According to her, she worked for six months without break and when she wanted to visit her sister, she was arrested and all her money was taken from her.
She explained that she wasn’t released until about N400,000 was paid by her sister.
Thereafter, she started making efforts to return home.
“Libya is far better than Nigeria” Ibrahim said, advising anyone making plans to travel illegally to desist from such.
He explained further, “The fire occurred at noon from one of the makeshift shelters where a woman was cooking and spread across the camp, destroying about 402 re-enforced/transitional shelters and 933 makeshift homes burnt.”
On behalf of the Federal Government, the Director General of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, sympathised with the government and the people of the state over the incident.
He also condoled with the displaced people and assured them that the agency was already working with other stakeholders to provide immediate relief assistance to those affected.