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NEMA Receives 121 Nigerian Returnees From Libya
The returnees arrival at the Cargo Wing of Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 9.15 p.m. on Thursday via AL Buraq Air, was confirmed to newsmen on Friday in Lagos by Mr Segun Afolayan, Acting Zonal Coordinator, NEMA, South West Zone.
The returnees comprised 29 female adults, five female children, four female infants, 75 male adults, two male children and five male infants.
According to NEMA, they were brought mainly from three cities of Sabha, Bram Alshati and Oubari.
While welcoming them back, Afolayan asked the returnees to make good use of the second chance afforded by the IOM and God Almighty after surviving the dangers of illegal migration.
One of the returnees, Miss Chisom Johnson, who said she is a professional stylist, related her experience.
She said: “I was deceived that I would get a better job at Germany as a stylist, there were 20 of us in the team and we were promised that we would fly to Germany but after two weeks, we found ourselves in Niger Republic.
“After three weeks we were in Libya, Madam told all of us that, we can’t cross over but we have to become prostitutes in order to refund her money which was 1.4 million naira.
“I resorted to fervent prayers and pleaded with madam that it is a taboo in our family to prostitute.
“I pleaded with her to give another option. I was asked to work at a restaurant and was able to refund her money.
“Immediately I finished paying her money, I started working on my own to get some money but my madam organised my kidnapped and I was bailed by her with about N650,000 and she doubled the amount and said that I must pay her N1.3 million.
“I paid her by doing all sorts of work.
“I left Nigeria in 2014. I returned with nothing to show for the wasted four years.
“I want to beg those people thinking about travelling illegally to desist. There is nothing better outside Nigeria. Is it the freedom to move around, is it the liberty to engage in work without fear of hoodlums breaking into your house and taking away your sweat because there is no banking system for us? We have to keep our cash with us and the boys invade us to take it away.
“Nigerians should stay and look for better opportunities here please”.