- Another batch of 162 stranded Nigerians have been evacuated back to Nigeria
- Three of the returnees arrived with minor medical cases while 15 arrived heavily pregnant
- The DG of NEMA advised the returnees to shun illegal migration
Another batch of 162 stranded Nigerians have been evacuated back to Nigeria in the late hours of Thursday, July 26, under the Voluntary Returnees Scheme facilitated by the European Union /International Organization for Migration (IOM).
According to Daily Trust, the aircraft with registration number 5A-DMG arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) at 9.56pm with 162 returnees.
NAIJ.com gathered that three of the returnees arrived with minor medical cases while 15 arrived heavily pregnant.
The breakdown shows that there were 83 female adults, six female children and six female infants. Others included 62 male adults, two male children and three male infants.
The director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) , Mustapha Maihajja, who received the returnees on behalf of the federal government advised the youths to embrace regular migration.
Represented by the Lagos zonal coordinator of NEMA, Yakubu Suleiman, the DG warned prospective migrants not to endanger their lives by embarking on irregular migration.
The NEMA boss was further quoted as pointing out that migration has been part of human life from time of creation for different reasons, though it is not mandatory of intended host countries to accept the migration based their national policies.
"Nigerian youths seeking greener pastures outside the shores of this country should know that they would become second citizens in their host countries except for those who entered such country through regular means that may possibly have limited rights," he said.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that a total of 84 men, two women, 15 children and a baby from a vessel off the Libyan coast were rescued from the Mediterranean by a German vessel.
Germany's Defence ministry said that the migrants were rescued by the Bundeswehr ship, part of an EU mission dubbed “Sophia”.
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