253 Nigerians, who have been stranded in Libya, were Tuesday deported back to Nigeria. The 253 returnees comprised of 140 adult females and 8 children. Also aboard were 103 adult male and 3 male children.
This is the largest single batch of deportees to arrive Lagos Airport in recent times. There were two medical cases among the deportees with one of them suffering serious burns on her face and the second had mental depression.
The Director General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Maihaja, said the deportees would be given some token to go back to their respective destinations. He also advised those leaving the country in search of greener pastures to have a rethink and stay in the country to develop it.
Some of the deportees said they will never leave Nigeria again. One of them who identified herself as Mary said that it was a miracle she returned safely back to Nigeria as she was being sold like a piece of merchandise in Libya.
According to her,” They were selling some of us like wood from one guard who will take us to some destination and again sell us to another who will now be our new owner."
"That one will take us again to some distance and say his contract with us has expire and again sell us to another person. If you complain , they will ask you if you don’t want to go to Europe again. My brother, e no easy”, she laughed.