Barely a week after 240 stranded Nigerians in Libya returned, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU), have transported 144 illegal Nigerian immigrants in Libya back to the country through the Muritala Muhhammed International Airport.
As learnt, the immigrants among whom were 97 males, 39 females, two children and six infants, arrived in an Airline with registration number 5A-DMG which arrived at about 6.45pm in the evening.
Government personnel and agencies who received the returnees yesterday night were, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, IOM, EU, the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Bolanle Ambode, who represented the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari amongst others.
However, Dabiri-Erewa while addressing journalists on the event commended the IOM for faciliting the return of the stranded Nigerians in Libya, noted that to stop Nigerians from embarking on the perilous journey in search of greener pastures in Europe, there was need to keep the tempo of awareness high.
Narrating his ordeal, one of the returnees, Godsent Jatto, from Edo State said that he was sold to Arabs who would not release him, except his parents pays certain amount of ransom.
“I am so happy coming back to Nigeria. I will never dream in my life to pass through Kano to Libya again”.
“My advice to Nigerians that still want to embark on this journey is that they should not try it. Keep doing anything you are doing here because your country is your country,” he said.
On the part of another returnee, Caroline Ishola, who said she was an aspiring actress from Ekiti State, said she was happy because she was not sold to a brothel as many other girls were sold.
“My experience was bad. It is a very dangerous country. I was an actress before embarking on this journey and I paid the person who took me N400, 000 at first and paid more when I got to Libya.
“I was sold in Libya but thank God it was not into a connection house and at the end of the day the place was raided by the Police and we were arrested and that was how I got back,” she said.