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Libya Returnees Lament Unbearable Experiences

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday, received another batch of 149 stranded Nigerians from Libya who were brought by International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The returnees arrived Nigeria via Buraq Airlines’ Boeing 737-8000 with registration number 5A-DMG at about 1:20 am, yesterday, at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja.

The profile of the returnees showed that adult females were 56; one female child and two female infants while adult men were 81, with two male children and eight male infants.

Though, all the returnees were those living in Tripoli, the country’s capital city, many of them confessed that they did not suffer the ordeals of those who stayed outside the capital city.

They, however, regretted venturing into such unreasonable and destructive journey.

Twenty-nine-year-old Aminat Sunday from Ifo Local Government of Ogun State, expressed her regret, saying that if she had known she wouldn’t have traveled to that country.

Aminat, who said she traveled because of much burden from her siblings, children and persuasion by her trafficker, stated that she didn’t pay her trafficker before leaving but paid her with a year’s salary.

“I got a fair job of housemaid but the work made me not to come home because it was very stressful, tiring and I have serious health problems in my body.”

Lamenting the nature of the job, Aminat explained, “In Libya, their houses have large compounds and they are all tiled; as maid, after cleaning the main house, I have to scrub the whole floor tiles and fence every day with a salary of an average of N50, 000.

“There is no banking system over there and no money can be remitted back to Nigeria except through Nigerians who have bank accounts in Nigeria”.

“You pay them 5,000 dollars, only 2,500 dollars will be given to the dependants. I actually regret embarking on the journey but I thank Almighty God and IOM for bringing me back safely.”

Advising those planning to embark on similar journeys, Aminat warned, “I will never encourage anyone to embark on such an irregular journey.

“To be sincere, Nigeria is far better than Libya, I have learned my lessons in wrong ways but thank God, I am still alive.”



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