EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Government Not Responsible For The Libya Returnees

Nigeria’s burgeoning online integrated media platform, ALEDEH, has uncovered more mystery on the return of Nigerian migrants from Libya, North Africa, where slave trade is currently going on.

ALEDEH had exclusively reported on Wednesday, November 29, that Nigerians are being sold for 3,000 Dinars and are up to 10,000 in a room in Libya.

In our Wednesday exclusive report, ALEDEH stated that two (2) toilets are being used by almost five thousand (5,000) people.

The report came after ninety (90) Nigerians have been rescued from the gridlocks of the Libyan authorities a few days ago.

Reacting to the development, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday, November 29, that the Nigerian government had started bringing stranded citizens home from Libya after a global outcry over reports that migrants there were being sold into slavery.

The Nigerian President tweeted: ” The situation in Libya, of people being sold into slavery, is appalling and unacceptable. We will do everything to protect our citizens wherever they might be.

” We have also started bringing back home all Nigerians stranded in Libya and elsewhere. We will ensure they all return home safely and are rehabilitated”, the Nigerian leader tweeted on Wednesday, November 29.

However, ongoing investigation by ALEDEH, reveals that the Nigerian government did not sponsor any of the trips made by the Libya returnees as claimed by the Nigerian leader, Buhari.

Contrary to claims by President Buhari that the Nigerian government had “started bringing back home all Nigerians stranded in Libya”, ALEDEH, however, gathered that the trips made by the Libya returnees was sponsored by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and not the Nigerian government as widely believed.

ALEDEH gathered that the International Organisation for Migration has been bringing back stranded Nigerians in Libya for the past two (2) years and that the project is supported by the EUTF, Swiss and IOM Italian partners.

ALEDEH recalls that no fewer than One hundred and fifty (150) Nigerian migrants returned from Libya, North Africa, where slave trade is currently going on.

The returnees including babies, boys, girls, children and women, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city on Thursday night, November 30.

The returnees were first lodged at the Lagos Airport Hotel in Ikeja, the Lagos state capital, ALEDEH had reported.

The 150 batch came after 90 Nigerians were rescued from the gridlocks of the Libyan authorities a few days ago.

ALEDEH gathered that the IOM has been bringing back stranded Nigerians in Libya almost every two (2) weeks in the last two (2) years but many never knew as the slave trade in Libya was not this pronounced.

However, due to the ongoing slave trade in Libya and the return of over two hundred and forty (240) Nigerian migrants from the North African country, the Nigerian government has moved into the matter, claiming to be responsible for the returnees.

Sources who are familiar with the development, tell ALEDEH that the “IOM is doing so much. They bring them down to Nigeria, give them food and water. Give them money on the spot and also contact them later to help sponsor businesses for them or pay their school fees. All sponsored by the EUTF. Not one kobo from Nigerian government”.

ALEDEH gathered that IOM has a policy of protecting the returnees and not exposing them as illegal migrants that is why they don’t publicize the events.

Investigations by ALEDEH reveals that IOM also does repatriations for other Nigerians stranded in other parts of the world like Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Niger and not only Libya.

Another source told ALEDEH that the IOM invites organisations like NEMA, NAPTIP and NIS on the repatriation days to help profile the returnees, help track the traffickers, but the “Nigerian government does not do a single thing” but claims to be responsible for all the returnees.

A fact check by ALEDEH on Thursday night, November 29, shows only IOM and NEMA officials were at the airport and Lagos Airport hotel when the One hundred and fifty (150) Nigerian migrants returned from Libya.

Investigations by ALEDEH reveals that the IOM lodged the One hundred and fifty (150) Nigerian migrants who returned from Libya at the Lagos Airport hotel and also gave them kits like jackets to wear.

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