75 Nigerians Return Home from Libya

Channels Television  
Updated December 10, 2011
File Photo - Sub-Saharan Africans in Libya

Another batch of 75 Nigerians have returned from the war torn country Libya on Friday, after travelling from Tripoli to Nigeria for one month.

According to 234next, the returnees arrived Nigeria in commercial buses belonging to a Cameroonian company “accompanied by officials of a non-governmental organisation, of International Organisation for Migration based in Chad.

The returnees have been handed over to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno.

One of the returnees Mr Solomon Imenwan from Edo state who spoke to newsmen, said he had been living in Libya for the past five years and that he lost all his property in the crisis in that country.

“Muammar Ghadafi opposition army brutalised us, raped our girls and women and some of us even lost their lives as a result of the crisis.

“I thank God that I am successfully back to Nigeria. I have vowed never in my life to go back nor to advise anybody to travel to that country again.” He said.

Another returnee, Efusa Ijesaroju, said that while in Libya, they were discriminated against and treated as a second class citizen.

“I am a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Benin but they don’t recognise my certificate

“I want to call on Nigerians to stop travelling to that country as we have experienced terrible situation in Libya,” Ijesaroju said.

Another returnee, a widow who did not want to be identified in the team told newsmen that her little daughter was killed along with her husband while she was away for shopping in the market.

She appealed to government to come to her aid to enable her to bring up her two surviving children.

465 Nigerian returnees from Libya have been received by NEMA in Maiduguri in so far.

Similarly, the Public Relations Officer of the North-East Zone of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, promised that the fourth batch of returnees would be given special treatment considering the stress they had gone through.

Farinloye said they would be transported to Benin while some funds would be provided for them to enable them to return to their various states of origin.