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Liberian refugees in Nigeria begin to return home after 18 years

Posted by African Press International on May 10, 2008

Publisher: Korir, source.apa

The National Commission for Refugees on Wednesday facilitated the return to Liberia of more than 6,000 Liberian refugees living in Nigeria, after 18 years stay in the country, some, however, opted to remain in the country.

Forty seven of the Liberian refugees left Nigeria on Wednesday, aboard Beleview Airlines and arrangements have been made for the over 3000 left behind to go back soon, the Federal Commissioner for Refugees, Hajia Kangiwa Sanni, told journalist at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos.

This repatriation has been going on since 2005, but it stopped in 2007, now it has kicked off again and this is the first batch for the year, the next batch will be leaving in two weeks time. The return is voluntary, as it involves the confidence on the part of the citizen that their country is safe, she said.

However, she said many of the refugees were not happy because they were asked not to travel with more than 30 kg of luggage after they had acquired so much property while in their host country.

A young Liberian refugee, Anthony Jlaka said, I am happy to go home to see my parents after six years. I thank the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for accommodating us. I am going to come back for my university education. I enjoyed my stay in Nigeria and I love this country.


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One Response to “Liberian refugees in Nigeria begin to return home after 18 years”

  1. KUNLE BAKARE said

    I am looking for a very Good sister and a friend. She was at Ijebu Oru refugee camp in 1993/1994.
    Her name is “CECILIA JOHNSON” from Liberia. My own name is “KUNLE BAKARE” aka “BAKEY”. I will be
    very glad to hear her voice again. ‘JESUS IS LORD”


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