One Nigerian Immigrant Dies Every Week In Libya
A Nigerian deportee from Libya, Mr Akhere Ken has said that at least one Nigerian immigrant dies in Libya every week.
He said this when 258 Nigerians deported from Libya arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport Tuesday night.
Ken revealed how they were being treated as animals, adding that more than 100 Nigerians were cramped inside a small room to suffocate and die by the Libyan authorities.
According to him, at least one Nigerian dies of suffocation every week while their bodies would only be taken out for another one to die.
“We watched helplessly how our brothers and sisters died every week. We were not allowed to get out of the room. It was a deliberate attempt to wipe Nigerians in Libya,” he said.
Ken who had been in Libya detention for more than a year told our correspondent that he was arrested by the Libyan Police in a boat while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
“Since then, I have been in the cell without telling me my offence,” he said. The deportees arrived the cargo section of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 10.00pm aboard an Airbus A333-200.
The National Emergency Management Agency received them at the Hajj Terminal.
Other deportees who were also aboard the chartered Libya Airlines Airbus A330-200 with registration number 5A-LAU and profiled by the NEMA official late into the night had similar tales of woes.
Reacting to this, the Deputy Director (Search and Rescue) Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN Dr Onimode Bandele, said the returnees were made up of 220 males, 18 females and 20 children and infants.