150 Nigerians repatriated from Niamey, Niger Republic have been received into the country by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
It was learnt that the returnees were voluntarily brought back to Nigeria in a chartered aircraft, Sky Mali UR-CQX with registration number FMI 6001, which landed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, the Coordinator of the NEMA Territorial Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, said, “The returnees consist 98 male adults, 11 male children and two male infants.
“While female adults are 24, female children are 13 and infant females are two.”
He explained that the returnees were voluntarily repatriated to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration due to their inability to continue their journeys to their initial destination countries of choice.
The Head of Mission of IOM, Lauren de Boeck, who witnessed the reception organised by NEMA lauded the Federal Government and NEMA for synergy and partnership being enjoyed in their operations in the country.
The Nigeria Immigration Service, the police and Nigeria Port Health Services, among other agencies, were also involved in the process.