Nigerian returnees from crisis-torn Libya have called on the Federal Government to urgently rescue others who are still trapped in prisons, hospitals and different villages in the country.
The returnees, who arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on board a Tripoli Air Memphis SU-BME Plane on Saturday, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Nigerians were suffering in Libya.
A returnee simply identified as Jennifer, who could not hold back her tears, told NAN that she had left Nigeria in search of greener pasture, but only came back dejected and with a pregnancy.
``Nigerian government should wake up because so many of us are dying in Libyan prisons. Libyans do not want to see us at all.
``If you have somebody in Libya and you have not heard from the person for a long time, just know either the person is dead or in one of the prisons,’’ she said.
Jennifer said the person responsible for her pregnancy, a Nigerian, was in one of the unknown prisons.
Miss Isoken Idemudia said her travelling to Libya was a `wasted effort,’ blaming the different levels of governments in the country for her predicament.
``I think everything is well in Nigeria; none of us will want to go through hell on earth. I went to Libya through the desert. I trek night after night through the desert, but see where I have ended up.
``But, I still thank God I came back complete, and not detained endlessly in their prisons. Here I can start a small business to take care of my baby and myself, `` she said.
Idemudia urged the Federal Government to expedite action in evacuating so many Nigerians in Libyan prisons, hospitals and those hiding in different villages.
Mr Kola Ajanaku,who had a Plastic of Paris (POP) on his left leg, said that he was shot by a security officer while doing his business.
Ajanaku said there was an increasing hatred for Nigerians and appealed to the Federal Government to act fast in saving the lives of young Nigerians in Libya.
``Government should stop saying there are no Nigerians in Libya. There are many of us in prisons, hospitals and some doing odd jobs in companies, just to find a place to hide, `` he said.
Air Cmdr. Charles Adegbade, the Director, Search and Rescue, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said about one hundred and sixty returnees had been received so far.
Adegbade said that adequate preparations had been made to give them stipends, to enable them to travel to join their family members.