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I Abandoned My Successful Tyre Business – Libya returnee

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One of the latest Nigerian returnees from Libya has said he abandoned his successful tire business in Nigeria because someone promised him that something good was awaiting him in Europe.

The returnee, Chukwudi Onyemechie, 30 years old from Anambra State, said he was a successful auto tyres dealer at Ladipo Market Lagos but regretted to have been fooled by the promise of better life in Europe.

Onyemechie is among the latest batch of 174 Nigeria’s voluntary returnees that were stranded in Libya that returned to the country yesterday.

The Returnees were received at the airport by the Acting Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South West Zonal Officer, Segun Afolayan and other Federal Government Agencies.

The Returnees comprised 61 female adults, four female children and eight female infants with 91 male adults, six male children and four male infants.

There was also an unaccompanied male child among the people that were brought back to Nigeria on Friday through the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with support from the European Union in the ongoing Assisted Voluntary Repatriation programme.

The returnees arrived the Cargo Wing of MMIA on board Al Buraq Air at 1:10 am on Friday morning.

Afolayan while receiving them implored them to take precautions with any information that seems to be very easy at getting rich especially when it involves traveling outside Nigeria.

Chikwudi narrated how a man convinced him that he could help him travel to France and linked him to his friend at Libya.

He said he sold off his wares and took off to Benin Republic from where his journey to Libya began.

“I was told that the journey would be by road but I never knew that it was a deadly and dangerous one,” Chukwudi explained.

“I entered a 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 such a way that I would be forced to pay him money.

“He asked me to pay some amount to a middleman who later denied that I paid him, making me to pay double.”

Another returnee, Ajasa, Kikelomo, a mother of one from Ibadan, Oyo

State left Nigeria in 2016 with the hope of getting a better job.

Ajasa, a holder of National Diploma in Hotel and Tourism, said she

wanted to leave Nigeria because of the various challenges that her

family was facing.

She said her husband encouraged her to travel but that she is

regretting her ordeals in Libya.

“Though, some of them are very nice and good but majority especially

the youths don’t wish well for the blacks,” she narrated.

Mrs Ajasa said she got a housemaid job where she was being paid 60 000

approximated Nigeria Naira of Libyan 6,000 dinars.

“See if I want to send N20,000 to Nigeria, I must part with N4,000 or

N5,000 before my family will get the N20,000. There is no banking

system there. Nigerians who had settled down are the launderers, they

have their Nigerian bank accounts. Once, we pay them there in dinars,

we don’t know how they transmit the money to our families who would

receive what we agreed on their bank accounts here in Nigeria.

‘’Nigerians should be proud of what they have and work instead of

traveling outside looking for what riches that are not available

outside.”



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