NEMA evacuates 191 stranded Nigerians from India

The National Emergency Management Agency received 191 stranded Nigerians from India on Friday.

The returnees, evacuated by NEMA on behalf of the Federal Government, arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines charter flight.

They were met at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 4:40 p.m.

They were received by a team led by NEMA and other relevant agencies, after being profiled and evaluated.

The returnees were then given a token of $100 each to aid in their transportation back to their respective destinations.

Addressing the returnees, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, welcomed them on behalf of the Federal Government.

The Minister, who was represented by Dr. Suleiman Abubakar, Deputy Director of the ministry, admonished them to respect the law.

Farouq said the token provided to them by the government was meant to support their return home.

In addition, NEMA Director General Mustapha Ahmed advised returnees to learn from their experiences and be law-abiding citizens.

Ahmed, who was represented by Deputy Search and Rescue Director Ishaya Chonoko, said the Federal Government had approved the evacuation to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians stranded abroad.

Iwuchukwu Gospel, who spoke on behalf of the returnees, thanked the Federal Government for the special intervention in their safe evacuation back home.

Gospel said: “We thank the government for bringing us back, although I myself went there a few months ago and when I got there, I saw that Nigeria was better than where I went.

“I decided I would come back, but I want to plead with the federal government to help others come back.”

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the returnees were received by NEMA staff; Nigerian Police; Nigerian Immigration Service; National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons; National Agency for the Prevention of Human Trafficking; Commission for Nigerians in the Diaspora; and the National Drug Control Agency, among others.

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