How my leg was amputated in Libya - Returnee recounts ordeal as 386 others arrive Nigeria

How my leg was amputated in Libya - Returnee recounts ordeal as 386 others arrive Nigeria

- Another set of Nigerians arrived from Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 and 13

- The returnees - 387 Nigerians - arrived at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport Lagos

- One of the returnees had his leg amputated after sustained gunshot injuries at the detention camp in Libya

A fresh set of Nigerians have arrived from Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, the National Emergency Management Agency has said.

The returnees, 387 Nigerians arrived the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos in two different batches on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 and 13.

The first batch of 245, arrived Lagos on-board the Afriqiyah Airbus 330-300 with registration number 5A-ONR.

How my leg was amputated in Libya - Returnee

Another set of Nigerians arrived from Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 and 13. Photo source: NEMA

The aircraft which conveyed 66 adult females, three female children and five infants female, 169 adult males, one male child and an infant male landed at 8:25 pm.

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Among those on the aircraft include an amputee who had his leg amputated during his stay in Libya.

One of the returnee said he had one of his leg amputated when his detention camp was invaded.

How my leg was amputated in Libya - Returnee

Another set of Nigerians arrived from Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12 and 13. Photo source: NEMA

The returnee said he was trying to escape but bullets hit his leg damaging it.

He spent three months in the hospital before the leg was finally amputated.

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However, barely three hours after the first batch of 245 returned, a second aircraft Nouvelair airline Airbus A320 with Registration number TS-INA landed at 11:25 pm.

The aircraft conveyed 142 Nigerians including 52 adults female, two female children and two female infants and 86 adult male.

How my leg was amputated in Libya - Returnee

One of the returnees had his leg amputated after sustained gunshot injuries at the detention camp in Libya. Photo source: NEMA

The returnees, NEMA spokesperson for the south west zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, said were accommodated in hotel to give them time to rest before they continue to their different destinations.

Receiving the returnees, the director general of NEMA, Mustapha Maihajja, who was represented by the south west zonal coordinator of the agency, Suleiman Yakubu, said there were many Nigerians who have refused to return.

Yakubu said these Nigerians are ashamed and nurse fears of meeting their mates or family members who might have succeeded in their various endeavours.

"It takes courage for you to return home," Yakubu said.

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Meanwhile, Osun state has joined Edo and Delta states to take-up the responsibility of catering for their indigenes among the returnees.

Yakubu also enjoined other states government to take the bull by horn in coming up with Rehabilitation and Reintegration incentives for the returnees.

He said such efforts will help complement what is being provided by NEMA, the International Organisation for Migration and the European Union.

Other agencies that joined NEMA in receiving the returnees are NAPTIP, FAAN and Nigeria Police Force and are also assisting in their rehabilitation.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that 164 Nigerians returned to Libya on Friday, December 8.

The returnees had arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 12.34 am.

Their return was also facilitated by the IOM and the European Union.

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Source: Naija.ng

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