171 Nigerian returnees from Libya today arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos recounting their ordeal in search of greener pastures.
The returnees were received by Special Adviser and Diaspora and Foriegn Affairs, Abike Dabiri – Erewa who cautioned Nigerians to desist from dangerous search for greener in Libya.
Speaking in an interview at the Hajj Camp axis of the Lagos Airport, Dabiri – Erewa admonished the returnees to see themselves as criminals, but Nigerians who have experience of seeking greener pastures, but could now tell a different story.
She cautioned parents to advise their children against such risky ventures of traveling to foreign lands without knowing the risks associated.
She urged state governments to design empowerment programmes for returnees to enable them pick their lives back.
She said government is committed to ensuring that such people are rehabilitated after their sour experience abroad, urging those wishing to explore such opportunities to desist from it .
One of the returnees who identified herself as Gift Peters said many Nigerians are exposed to harrowing experiences in Libya, as many were serving jail terms for offences they have not committed .
She said she was lured into the trafficking ring without the knowledge of her parents by an un -identified trafficker, who is on the run .
Peters said “Travelling to Libya is not worth the experience. The torture, the maltreatment we encountered is not what words could describe.Some of us were beaten by iron, burnt and sent to jail.
“Many Nigerian girls are in prison , many have died from gun shot wounds . I even lost many of my friends .”