Among the 173 Nigerians, at least 21 Nigerians were repatriated from Libya early on Tuesday morning.
To travel from the North African country to Europe, the returnees had reached Libya from different unrecognized outlets.
At Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the returning men, women and children arrived in Nigeria on two different flights.
The returnees were provided by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office, Mr. Idris Muhammed, said that the returning aircraft were brought back from Misrata on a chartered aircraft belonging to Al Buraq Air with flight number BRQ189.14 and flight number 5A-DMG.MRA He said that the first aircraft landed at approximately 04:52 a.m. with 162 from Misrata, while another commercial airline brought additional 11 returning aircraft from Bengazil and landed at 5:15 a.m.
There were 52 female adults, four female kids and four female infants, as well as 106 men, two male kids and five male infants brought in the profiling of the returnees on arrival.
One of the returnees, 23-year-old Areni Aishat from Ogun State, told how she was misled by the assurance of traveling to New York City in the U.S. with the opportunity to practice catering.
She said she just graduated as a catering apprehension before she embarked on the trip to Libya, saying she and aunty promised to help her move to the U.S. where she could work better to raise her standard of living.
She added:” She told me that when I started working there, she would pay for my transportation and I would reimburse her. I didn’t know she’d trick me until we left and began the long journey.
”It was my mates that revealed to me that it was Libya they were heading when she started making trouble that it was USA she was promised.”
She recounted that when she arrived in Libya, she was told that there was no catering job for her and that either being a house girl or being sold out to Connection House (prostitution network) was the only job available to her.
She lamented that she had been in Libya for 15 months and paid five month N90,000 salaries per month to her trafficker.
When she could no longer cope with the suffering, she decided to return to Nigeria, stressing that the fish climate was not conducive to human habitation.
“Libya is dangerous, it is either you are kidnapped, killed, raped, robbed or bombed. Nigerians are not safe there.
“I was helped back to the country when my mother went to NAPTIP office to complain and a phone number of a staff of Nigerian embassy was sent to me and it was the embassy staff that facilitated my return to the country. I am grateful to Nigeria Government for helping back to the country,” she said.