"It sounds cliche but really, there are lot of things you can do in Nigeria. You don’t have to travel outside the country in search of greener pastures. The grass is not always greener on the other side."

When you see Nigerians being deported from a country like Libya, you just have to agree with the Director, Search and Rescue at NEMA, Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, who made the statement above.

He must have felt embarrassed when he received another batch of 175 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft.

The aircraft, with registration number TS-INA, landed at 7:50p.m at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The returnees were made up of 34 males, 122 females, 10 children and nine infants.

They were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

The returnees were received at the Hajj Camp area of the airport by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.

Paul Ohemu was among the officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) who received them.

Addressing newsmen, he said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to stem irregular migration and return stranded Nigerians from Libya.

Ohemu advised Nigerians to stay back and contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the country.

“My advice to parents is to keep tab on their children and to ensure that they know where their children are going and not to be deceived by phantom promises,” he said.

On her part, the Public Information Officer for IOM, Julia Burpee said the organisation has facilitated the return of over 1,170 Nigerians from Libya since February, 2017.