Not less than 490 persons out of 5,027 Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned into the country as they arrived on Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
At the arrival of the returnees, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffery Onyeama disclosed that the Federal Government would rehabilitate and empower the returnees from Libya as President Buhari has made resources available to ensure they fit in back into the society.
The minister disclosed that officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Director General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service and Senior Adviser to the President on Diaspora all accompanied him to ensure the evacuation of the returnees.
Onyeama said officials who accompanied him included the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service and Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora to ensure the evacuation of the returnees.
“We negotiated with Libyan Government to make sure that you are here; we know that many of you were trafficked and passed through humiliation.”
The minister disclosed how proud he was with the returnees and how they maintained their dignity despite the odds against them.
“You have come home; you will not be abandoned; there is a place and provision for you to be rehabilitated and be educated; we will also train you on skills to be empowered in your country.”
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede stated that Nigerians have the right to travel to any part of the world.
Babandede also stated that there were citizens of Nigeria who had good jobs and papers in Libya.
“There are Nigerians who have genuine papers in Libya. Not all Nigerians were in detention or in the camp. So many of them have good jobs, so let Nigerians not think that Nigerians are committing crimes in Libya,” he said.
Babandede made known that the Libyan Government renewed the passports of Nigerians doing good jobs in the country after negotiating with the Nigerian Government.
The Comptroller General also urged Nigerians to travel through legal means to any country of their choice.
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