The Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 received 84 Libya returnees in Benin City.
Obaseki assured the returnees, that his administration would place them on a monthly stipend for three months while they undergo various vocational training
One of the returnees, 27-year-old Ewere Joseph, who claimed to have been shot in his shoulder, narrated his ordeal. He said:
“Before I left Nigeria, I was working in a tile making company but the money was too small. One day somebody ask me if I was interested in going to Europe, the man is still here in Benin, I said yes.
His name is Christopher, he said I should go and bring N500, 000. I rallied round for the money and we set out. He promised that once I got to Libya, he will arrange for me to be taken to Italy.
It sounded so convincing when he said it but, when we set out for the journey, I did not know it was going to be hell. I don’t need to go to hell any more, I have tasted hell already.
I spent one year and six months in Libya. Many things happened there; they killed a lot of Nigerians. Many of our women are pregnant for those they cannot identify. My friend died in prison because they always beat us.
They used the butt of a gun to hit break my leg. My aim was to go to Italy. When I got to Libya, my sponsor sold me to another Nigerian who was using me for manual labour and I had no choice.
I made attempt twice to pass the sea but I ended up spending two days on top of water in the first attempt. The rescue team that came did not locate us, but God sent a fisherman to save my life.