More Stranded Nigerians Return From Libya
Another batch of 174 Nigerians stranded in Libya have returned home.
The returnees were received on Friday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, by the Acting Zonal Coordinator of NEMA South West Zonal Officer, Segun Afolayan and other federal government agencies.
They arrived aboard Al Buraq Air which landed at the cargo wing of the airport about 1:10a.m.
The returnees, which comprised of 61 female adults, four female children and eight female infants with 91 male adults, six male children and four male infants along with unaccompanied male child were brought back to Nigeria through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with support from the European Union in the ongoing Assisted Voluntary Repatriation programme.
Others include 10 families, three minor medical cases and three pregnant women.
Afolayan while receiving them urged the returnees to take precautions with any information that seems to be very easy at getting rich, especially when it involves travelling outside Nigeria, noting that most of the conveyors of these messages would not be sincere with the truth.
A returnee, Chukwudi Onyemechie, 30 years old from Anambra State told newsmen that he was a successful auto tyres dealer at Ladipo Market Lagos before he left the country to make quick money.
He expressed regret at his gullibility to allow himself to be fooled by the promise of better life in Europe.
Onyemechie disclosed that a man convinced him that he could help him travel to France and linked him to his friend at Libya.
In order to raise money, he sold off his wares and took off to Benin Republic from where his journey to Libya began.
“I was told that that the journey would be by road but I never knew that it was a deadly and dangerous route. I entered Libyan town where I was taken to a camp controlled by Nigerians where I spent three months in detention.
"My trafficker organised my detention in other that I would be forced to pay him money. I left Nigeria in June, 2017, I experienced unstable and dangerous life over there. After struggling to cross but unsuccessful, I was helped to get to IOM office in Libya who helped me back to Nigeria today.
" I am proud to be a Nigerian. Libya is a country that has existed without government; so it is incomparable to Nigeria that is peaceful and naturally endowed,” he said.
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