The National Emergency Management Agency have received another 171 Nigerians who have been stranded in Libya.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Public Information Officer, who represented the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA coordinator said the returnees arrived on Friday at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport about 1.10 a.m.
According to Mr Ibrahim, this batch of returnees were brought home by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union, under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.
The group comprised of 61 female adults, one female child, and five female infants, as well as 98 adult males, one male child and five male infants.
He also advised young Nigerians to be careful of human traffickers and their tactics, adding that social media is being used by human traffickers to lure young women. Tactics he mentioned were from apps like WhatsApp and Facebook with traffickers posing as love interests and proposing marriage and relocation.
He cited a particular case when a lady sought advice about a man who simply called himself Ali, who claimed to be living in Sudan.
“Upon critical observation, the code number of the caller indicated that it belongs to Libyan code, and the man that makes video calls was an Arab; but he was not making statements for the lady to hear him.
“It was understood that the man cannot communicate in English, but someone behind the scene was responsible for the chatting with the lady,” Muhammed said.
He added that young Nigerians looking to emigrate should make use of legal means and Migrant Resource Centres set up by the government to know more about their destination countries.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that NEMA said as, at March 15, 12,574 Nigerians have so far returned from Libya under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees Programme, which began on April 2017.
Also, according to he News Agency of Nigeria , NEMA said over 4,900 of the returnees have also been trained on various skill acquisition and empowerment training by IOM through special funding facilitated by the EU.
Credit: News Agency of Nigeria, Guardian NG