13 March 2016

Nigeria: 'We Were Wrongly Deported From Libya, Short-Changed'

Photo: Nigeria Immigration
(file photo).

Lagos — Some Nigerians who were deported from Libya on Friday have accused the Libyan authorities of inhuman treatment, insisting that they did not do anything to warrant the action.

They equally accused the Nigerian authorities of short-changing them by failing to release the actual amount of money meant for them.

The 172 deportees had been bundled into a chartered aircraft from Libya to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, where they were received by relevant authorities including the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), the police, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), among others.

NEMA, it was learnt, provided a bus for the evacuation of the deportees. Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that each of them got N6,000 as transportation fare to their respective states of origin.

However, most of the deportees alleged that the Libyan authorities had asked the Nigerian government to give them $100 each, but they were short-changed.

Ronald Emeka said, "We suffered a lot in the hands of Libyans. They treated us like animals".

He added, "where we are coming from; the refugee camp, they promised each of us $100, but at this airport now, they are giving each person N6,000."

Another deportee, who confirmed that most of them left the country in search of greener pasture, said he was wrongly deported from Libya, adding that he had a business in the North African country before the action.

He blamed the development on unemployment in Nigeria, which has forced many to flee to other countries.

When contacted on the allegation that Nigerian authorities short-changed the deportees, Spokesman of NEMA in the South-west, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the agency would make a formal statement on the issue today.

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