National Emergency Management Agency on Monday received another batch of 136 stranded Nigerians from Libya.
The Coordinator. Lagos Territorial Office, Alh Idris Abubakar Muhammad received the Returnees on arrival at the Cargo Wing of MMIA ikeja at 11:50 p.m on Monday on behalf of the Federal Government along with other national agencies.
The returnees who were brought back by IOM aboard a chartered flight of Al Buraq air with flight number UZ 189/15 and registration number DMG. MJI consisted of 59 adult females, four female children, five female infants with 63 adult males, two male children and three infant males.
The EU is supporting IOM in the reintegration exercise with funds on arrival in Nigeria.
Other Agencies that supported NEMA are National Refugee Commission, NAPTIP, the Immigration Service, the Nigeria Police, FAAN
A returnee, Mr Kehinde Fatukasi, aged 42 from Ekiti State who left Nigeria in 2016 narrated his bitter experience while in Libya with his wife and six-year-old son, Olusanya Fatukasi.
He explained that his wife escaped back to Nigeria while he and his son were sold out as slaves.
He said he was oblivious of what was awaiting him where he was sold to until someone drew this attention to the dangers where they were being kept as very dangerous.
The informant said they would be resold as merchandise where heir body parts could be harvested and sold.
He said it was this information that made him and his son escape from the ghetto (camp).
I was there with my wife who had returned back to Nigeria. I believe she would have thought that we are dead.
The Arabs treated us like slaves, you work without being paid and so many of us were killed while watching the killings. All of us here dont fear death, we have seen what is more than hell.
The Libyans don’t care if you are black or not. The treatment given to us (blacks) is same they give to their Arab neighbours from Tunisia or Algeria.
“Once, they need someone to work and those chosen must follow them. Refusal to follow would be met with instant death.
Those of us who decided to stay in Libya instead of crossing the Mediterranean sea did not suffer like those who intended crossing the Mediterranean sea.
“Libyan law bans crossing by sea and those caught in the high sea trying to cross to Europe have hellish experiences with worst manhandling in the hands of both Libyan and European officials.
On what he intended to engage upon returning to Nigeria, Fatukasi said: “I will embark on irrigation farming, Libyans are great farmers despite the fact that their country is in a desert. I came back to Nigeria with irrigation tools like water sprinkler which will aid me to start life afresh.
“I will work very hard to see that my son gets a very good education and give my wife a restful life to enjoy our marriage
If I had had adequate information about the lies of better life outside, I would not have tried to leave Nigeria. I wanted to travel to Germany a friend assured me of better life but immediately we got to Niger Republic I began to regret my decision, and I didn’t know that what I experienced in the desert was just a child play”.
“Nigerians must be patient and struggle to make better use of resources available here, I pray the youths wont rely on lies and deceit of better lives outside Nigeria
I really regreted my sojourn and the risks I made my family to pass through.”
However, I thank God for His grace and mercy in aiding our return back to Nigeria though with bitter experiences that would spur towards better things,” he concluded.