By Lawal Ogunsanya
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Thursday that it had received another batch of 175 Nigerian returnees from Libya.
They were received through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos.
This batch makes a total of 333 stranded Nigerians repatriated to Nigeria through the European Union sponsorship program for Nigerians who got stranded on their failed attempt in search of greener pastures in foreign countries.
The returnees that were voluntarily assisted back in this batch consisted of 92 male adults, six male children, and nine male infants. In addition, there were 53 female adults, 12 female children, and three female infants
They arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja aboard Al Buraq Airline Boeing 737-400 with registration number 5A-WAC at about 2148hours.
They were received at the NAHCO Wing of the Airport. Earlier in the day, 158 were brought back.
Very Bitter Lessons
One of the returnees, Omoniyi Azizat, a 21-year-old from Lagos who abandoned her education when she was 17 years old expressed regret over her misbehaviour.
She especially regretted wasting her father’s hard-earned money, for a move that eventually turned out fruitless.
“I lost my mum at a tender age and was being catered for by my maternal relations, I thought I was being maltreated and ran away from the house to meet my dad.
“From my father’s custody, a friend convinced me to meet her in Ibadan where I was introduced to the idea of travelling to Libya where I was told that I could work and receive a monthly salary of 120,000.
“I deceived my dad that I wanted to establish a business and he gave me N800,000 but I used it for the Libyan trip through the desert.
“I became slave and prostitute, I am not lying, I raised the equivalent of N2 million as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker,” Ms Omoniyi explained.
The returnee, who was in tears, expressed her desire to return to school, disclosing that she stopped schooling at SS2 and have learnt her lessons
“The lessons are very very bitter, I wasted my life,” she buttressed. “I do not know my father’s location and I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when our house was busted by the police and every one of us were thrown into prison while we were disposed of our savings and property, the phone had my dad’s contact.
“I have to wait for the time that my transport allowance will be given before I can buy a phone and try to gamble with several numbers to know if I can get dad’s contact
“I will never advise anyone to think of travelling out of the country. We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of travelling should forget it,” a now-remorseful Omoniyi declared