333 Stranded Nigerians in Libya Returns Home

A total of 333 Nigerians stranded in Libya has been expatriated back to the country in less than 24hours.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported that 158 returnees were received at the Muritala Muhammed Airport Lagos, and in less than 24hrs, another 175 returnees arrived in the country.

The latest returnees consist of 12 infants, 18 Children, 53 female adults and 92 male adults.

The acting Coordinator of NEMA (Lagos Territorial Office), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, said they arrived aboard Al Burqa airline at about 9:48 pm on Wednesday.

One of the returnees named Omoniyi Azizat shared her experience after what she thought was a greener pasture turned out to be worse.

I Regret Traveling to Libya – Returnee

Expressing her regret, Azizat said she had high hopes of travelling to Libya as she had to abandon her education at the age of 17 after a promise that she could earn as much as N120,000 working in Libya.

She said she deceived her father into raising funds for her travel and lied that she wanted to start a business.

“I deceived my dad that I wanted to establish a business, and he gave me N800,000, but I used it for the Libyan trip through the desert,” she said.

“I became a slave and prostitute in Libya; I am not lying; I raised the equivalent of ₦2 million as a prostitute to free myself from my trafficker,” she added.

Azizat said she does not know her father’s whereabouts as she has lost her mother at a tender age.

She noted that she was being catered for by a maternal relative but decided to run away after feeling maltreated.

“I do not know my father’s location. I lost everything that I thought I could bring back home when the police raided our house and threw all of us into prison,” she said.

“We were dispossessed of our savings and property. I lost the phone in which l had my father’s contact.”

She continued, “I have to wait for the time that my transport allowance will be given before I can buy a phone and try to gamble with several numbers to know if I can get dad’s contact.”

A remorseful Azizat said she would never advise anyone to think of travelling aimlessly.

She said, “We don’t appreciate what we have until it is lost. Anyone thinking of ta ravelling without a set and achievable objectives should forget it.”

Mr Farinloye also noted that the EU sponsored the repatriation of the stranded Nigerians who had failed in their attempt to search for greener pastures outside Nigeria.

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