According to The Nation, Nigerian returnees from Libya, on Wednesday rejected the N1,000 offered to them by the Edo State government to be used as transport fare. The returnees also lamented over the fact that they were still dressed in the prison wear given to them in the North African country.
The Nigerians were allegedly arrested by Libyan policemen due to an announcement by the Federal Government that Nigerians should return home claiming that during their arrest and deportation, they had lost money. One of the returnees, 43-year-old Efosa Clifford, claimed he had spent around N1.3 million on his failed trip to Libya. “Life is good in Libya. But unfortunately, blacks have no free movement” He said. Another returnee, Gabriel Edokpaigbe, said it would be shameful for him to return back to his father’s house after he had sold his belongings to travel to Europe.
Another angry returnee, Christian Otoide, explained “How will N1,000 take me to Lagos? We were working in Libya, but the police told us that our government said our country is good now.” Otoide lamented over the fact that instead of joining the IOM programme, he was forced to board the federal government’s flight. Adding that they had been promised many things in Libya but expressed sadness that he was still wearing his prison clothes.