A pathetic scene it was on Thursday as 161 Nigerians were sent back home from Libya.
An aircraft, Boeing 737-800 with Registration number 5A-DMG was used to convey 78 women, 71 men, and 12 children to the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, yesterday evening from Libya.
The deportees on arrival were welcomed by the Southwest Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu who was represented by DG, Engr. Mustapha Maihajja in place of Federal Government.
Yakubu, pleaded with the deportees that Federal Government is making plans with the state government to make sure the returnees are well attended to.
Other agencies like NAPTIP, FAAN, Nigeria Police and Refugee Commission also collaborated with NEMA in welcoming the deportees.
Patience Ubosa 21, one of the deportees, an indigene of Akwa Ibom who grew up in Benin, disclosed that her father took in another wife after the demise of her mother, which make the father to neglect her.
According to her, through the help of her sister, she was travelling to France by road to live with her sister and her husband.
She disclosed that on her way to Lybia, with other travellers, she had to drank fuel given to them by the driver commuting them to Lybia as there was nothing for them to eat in the jungle.
She further explained that along the line they came across a small well where they hurriedly went to in order to drink water, but only to discover rotten human bodies inside the well.
Patience said She would have been able to make it to her destination if not for the fight that ensued between two fishermen who were to assist them to cross to Europe. The fights attracted the attention of a non-governmental group.
The NGO interfered in the matter and took them to camp from where they were sent back to Nigeria.