NigeriaToEurope By Road: 258 More Nigerians Return From Libya
When the returnees left Nigeria, they must have received some assurance that getting into Europe was not as difficult as people imagined.
But the look on their faces as they walked out of the airplane on the run way showed they may have had dinner with the Mediterranean Sea.
Many have died attempting to cross the sea, the latest are some over 20 teenage Nigerian girls found dead within a wrecked boat.
At least 258 Nigerians returned from Libya again, apparently abandoning the journey for obvious reasons.
The returnees arrived on Tuesday, eight days after 149 Nigerians voluntarily left Libya and decided they had had enough.
They claim to have been left stranded en-route Europe, but they were brought back aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft with Registration Number 5A-LAU.
The Airbus touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8.45 p.m.
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The returnees, who were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), comprised 238 female adults, seven teenage girls and one infant, while the male included seven adults - two teenagers and three babies.
They were received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Maihajja, represented by the South West Zonal coordinator of the agency, Suleiman Yakubu.
Also on ground to welcome the returnees were officials of the Edo State Government, the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Police.
Over the last five weeks about 975 returnees have been flown home with the same message to intending illegal migrants - "It is not worth the risk".