Monday, October 31, 2011

79 Nigerians back from Libya

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More Nigerians returned home from Libya at the weekend. They recounted a tale of woes.
The 79 returnees said they spent 40 days travelling through the desert from the war-torn country. Some of them are critically ill.
No fewer than 329 Nigerians have arrived from Libya since the conflict started in February.
The conflict ended with the killing of long-time leader Col. Muhammar Gaddafi this month.
They arrived in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital at the weekend. They came in through Gamboru Ngala, a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Chad.
The returnees were transported in five Cameroonian commercial buses with the inscription, “Touritique Express”.
They were accompanied by two officials of the Chad-based International Organisation for Migration (IOM). 
Officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) led by Abubakar Mohammed an Assistant Comptroller of Immigration (ACI), thoroughly searched and screened them to ensure that they were Nigerians.
The screening was also intended at ensuring that the returnees did not carry any contraband into the country.
One of the returnees who hails from Edo State, Aishatu Suleiman, said she went through unimaginable agony.
Receiving the returnees, the Northeast Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Aliyu Sambo, advised Nigerians to stay in their country to earn a living.
Sambo said Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural resources which could provide comfort for its citizens.
The NEMA official, who gave an assurance that all returnees would be transported to their states of origin, said 18 of them were critically ill.