Nigerians selling fellow Nigerians into slavery in Libya, returnee recounts

Port Harcourt, Feb. 13, 2018 (TNE) Joy Job, one of the 136 returnees from Libya, says Nigerians in that country are selling fellow Nigerians into slavery while Libyan lords are using them for any kind of work.

Job, who was among the latest batch, described her experience as “horrible, sorrowful and unforgettable.’’

She said that she was sold into slavery by a Nigerian who told her that he found a hair dressing work for her in Kano, not knowing that she had been sold into slavery to another Nigerian living in Libya.

“Nigerians are selling fellow Nigerians into slavery in Libya; we are sold from one person to another, Libya people will buy us from our people and use us for any kind of work they like.

“I did not know that where I was in Kano was a boundary between Nigeria and another country until I saw myself surrounded with guns.

“My abductors told me that if I did not agree to go to Libya, they will kill me, so I had no option than to agree with them.

” They gave us Nigerian account numbers to pay in the money they charged us before they freed us from their custody,” she said.

Job advised Nigerian youths still nursing the idea of travelling out of the country illegally to drop it and manage life with whatever they see in the country.

While thanking the federal government for rescuing them and fulfilling its promise of bringing them home, she appealed for the coninuation of the evacuation in order to save many Nigerians who are still in different prisons and camps in Libya. (TNE)

The batch was received at Port Harcourtt International Airport in the early hours of Tuesday by Mr Martins Ejike, South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Maarnagement Agency (NEMA).

Ejike, represented by Mr Ebhodaghe Eric, NEMaA Chief Administrative Officer, received the returnees who arrived aboard Med-View Airline 5N-MAB at about 1.10 a.m.

“They are all intact, except one of them who we are taking to the hospital with the ambulance to find out why she is unstable,” he said.

He appealed to concerned state governments to hasten the process of picking their indigenes.

Ejike said the agency would contact state governors for prompt evacuation of the returnees from the fifth batch in the Port Harcourt centre.


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