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FG evacuates 481 trafficked Nigerians from Libya

A set of 481 Nigerians evacuated from Libya arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State on Sunday with sad stories.
While some of the returnees (females) were pregnant and looked tired , a large number of them, especially the young men , appeared emaciated ostensibly due to the lack of adequate food inside their detention camp in the North African country.

This is just as the Federal Government promised to rehabilitate the returnees , who flew in with a chartered Max Airline at exactly 4.55 pm .

One of the returnees , who spoke with newsmen, 42- year - old Lucky Iyanusa from Edo State , said he went through hell after he was arrested by the Libyan police .

Iyanusa explained that many Nigerians were killed by Libyan security agents for no reason, adding that the entire N850 , 000 he spent in order to get to Europe through the North African country had gone down the drain .

The returnee , who was an artisan before he left Nigeria, recalled that he had to sell all his tools before he could embark on the journey to Libya from Kano State through the desert.

“ I travelled to Libya on June 9, 2017. My aim was to travel to Europe and the only way I could achieve that was to get to Libya first. The financial condition with me and my family in Nigeria was bad and I had to sell all my work tools to travel to Libya by road.

“ I moved to Libya from Kano State and through the desert. I could not get to Europe because I was arrested by the Seaside (Marine Police in Libya). The day I was arrested , 290 blacks were killed by the Libyan policemen ; that was in November, 2017. Nigerians, Ghanaians and Malians were killed . Some had their legs shot and amputated .

“ We were arrested and kept in an underground cell since last month . Inside the prison , we met some of our Nigerian brothers , who had been there for up to three years, four years , six months , nine months . Nigerians are going through hell in that place. We were fed once a day with something that looked like the bottom of a water bottle .

“ People have been travelling through the desert; I am not the first person. We have burgers we pay to enhance our move. I paid N850 , 000 to a burger for me to travel to Libya and to Europe. I was washing cars to feed when I got there , ” Iyanusa, who was in tears , added .

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