262 Nigerians voluntarily returned home from Libya yesterday aboard a chartered Libyan Airlines aircraft.
The aircraft landed at 10 pm Wednesday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Their return was facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.
The returnees were made up of of 108 males, 135 females, eight children and 11 infants.
Addressing newsmen, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General, NEMA, said the agency in collaboration with the IOM was working to ensure that Nigerians stranded in Libya are brought back home.
The director general who was represented by Mr Suleiman Yakubu, Zonal Coordinator, South West, NEMA, said both the federal government and state governments had initiated various programmes to rehabilitate and reintegrate the returnees into the society.
He further advised Nigerians, especially the youths not to be lured into the quest for greener pastures, adding that there was enough opportunities in the country.
The returnees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police.
Also on ground to receive them were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).