Damaturu, Jan. 13, 2018 (TNE) The Yobe State government on Saturday reunited 29 indigenes of the state repatriated from Libya to Nigeria with their families.
The indigenes, who were said to be legal migrants had been in Libya doing legitimate business before the country became ungovernable, making living unbearable for non-Libyans, including Nigerians.
Alhaji Ahmed Goniri, Commissioner for Justice and Chairman of the repatriation committee, said the affected persons were repatriated to the country through the Port Harcourt international airport.
He said that the 29 persons willingly submitted themselves to be repatriated to Nigeria as law and order became non existent in Libya.
“These people have been in Libya doing legitimate business long before the breakdown of the political situation in that country.
“The deteriorating political situation in Libya made Nigerians unsafe and soft targets of attack which forced them to come back home,” he said.
Goniri said the 29 returnees were fully screened by security agencies and health institutions are to ascertain their health status before releasing them into the society.
Also, Alhaji Musa Jidawa, Permanent Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), commended NEMA for the good working synergy to safeguard the returnees.
“The timely response by Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam in providing logistics to evacuate the returnees from Port Harcourt facilitated the speedy reunion of the returnees with their families and decongestion of the Port Harcourt camp.”
The permanent secretary assured that government is ready to evacuate more persons who may be repatriated from Libya or any other country.
“We have a responsive administration under Gaidam which is responding to the plight of its indegenes, especially in emergency situations,” Jidawa said.
Recently, the Federal Government said it evacuated 1,030 stranded Nigerian migrants from Libya from Jan. 7 toJan 8.
A Federal Government team to Libya, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Jan. 5 went on fact-finding mission to Libya to secure the release of Nigerian migrants stranded in that country.