The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said another batch of 144 stranded Nigerians arrived the country from Niamey in Niger Republic on Monday.
NEMA Coordinator Kano Territorial Office, Dr Nurudeen Abdullahi, disclosed this while receiving the returnees at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
Abdullahi, represented by NEMA Kano Head of Human Resources, Mr Suleiman Sa’ad-Abubakar, said that the returnees arrived at the airport at about 2:30 p.m.
“The returnees were transported into Nigeria by SKY MALI Airlines, operated by Ethiopian airline B737-400 with registration number UR-CQX”, he said.
He said that the returnees were brought back under the care of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from Niamey through a voluntary repatriation programme.
The programme was for the distressed, who had left the country to seek greener pastures in various European countries and could not afford to return when their journey became frustrated.
He said that the returnees included 106 male adults, 16 female adults and 22 children (10 females and 12 males).
Abdullahi further noted that the returnees were from different parts of the country – some from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Abia, Sokoto and Edo – among other states.