STRANDED Nigerians from Libya numbering 136 arrived the cargo section of the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, at 11:50 pm.
They were received by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, Idris Abubakar Muhammad on behalf of federal government along with other national agencies.
The deportees, who were brought back by International Organisation for Migration (IOM) aboard a chartered flight of Al Buraq Air with flight number UZ 189/15 and registration number DMG. MJI consisted of 59 adult females, 4 female children and 5 female infants with 63 adult males, 2 male children and 3 infant males.
The EU is supporting IOM in the reintegration exercise with funds on arrival in Nigeria.
Other agencies that supported NEMA were the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) National Refugee Commission, NAPTIP, the Nigeria Immigration Service, and the Nigeria Police.
A returnee, Kehinde Fatukasi aged 42 years from Ekiti State, who left Nigeria in 2016 narrated his bitter ordeal while in Libya with his family; a wife and his 6 year old son, Olusanya Fatukasi . He explained that his wife escaped back to Nigeria while he and his son were sold out as slaves.
He said he was not aware of what await him where he was sold until someone told him that he would be resold for live threatening merchandise where part of their bodies could be harvested and sold.
He said it was this information that made him and his son escaped from the ghetto (camp).
According to him, The Arabs treated us like slaves, you work without being paid and so many of us were killed while watching the killings. Libyans don’t care if you are black or not, the treatment given to us (blacks) is same they give to their Arab neighbours from Tunisia or Algeria.”
On what he intended to do now that he is in Nigeria, Fatukasi said, “I will embark on irrigation farming, Libyans are great farmers despite the fact that their country is in desert, I came back to Nigeria with irrigation tools like water sprinkler which will aid me to start afresh. I will work very hard to see that my son gets a very good education and give my wife a restful life to enjoy our marriage”
If I had had adequate information about the lies of better life outside, I would not have tried to leave Nigeria.
“Nigerian must be patient and struggle to make better use of resources available here, I pray the youths wont rely on lies and deceit of better lives outside Nigeria ”
I really regretted my sojourn and the risks I made my family to pass through. However, I thank God for His grace and mercy in aiding our return back to Nigeria though with bitter experiences that would spur us towards better,” he said