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Ondo govt to rehabilitate 23 Libya returnees

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Ondo State Government on Friday received 23 of its indigenes among the immigrants who returned from Lybia.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN while receiving and interacting with the returnees assured them adequate support and means of reintegration back into the society.

Akeredolu, represented by his Deputy, Alfred Agboola Ajayi, thanked the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri for saving thousands of Nigerian lives by bringing them back home from Libya.

Akeredolu said the State Government was already doing the needful as all the returnees were already going through debriefing.

“We are going to take care of them -Government will work out modalities in terms of the skill acquisition which individuals will be willing to do.

“I have interacted with them and what they said they were doing there, we will do better for them in the State,” he said.

Akeredolu advised citizens to stop listening to fantasies from travel agents that promises heaven on earth abroad.

He noted that Government could not force movement of its citizens in and out of the country, but charged them as adults to find something doing in the country.

The Governor however promised that his Government would embark on sensitisation of its citizens on dangers that lies ahead traveling through the Atlantic Ocean to Libya or other countries.

“My advice for everyone is that people should learn from the bitter experience of these returnees, what they are looking for in Libya or Europe is right in their father’s land,” he said

In all, 12 females,10 males and a children returned to the State. A woman who was among the 23 Ondo State citizens from Libya said she was lured by a Nigerian lady in the country to engage in cleaning job after the death of her husband.

She explained that she traveled to Lybia in April, 2017, after her husband, a Mobile Police 17 simply identified as Jimoh was killed during a special duty by armed robbers.

The deported woman who was in 4 months pregnant when her husband was killed said she decided to travel to Lybia when there was no means of sustainability for her and children.

According to her,” on my arrival to Lybia, we were sold to Arabu (Non indigene) on the promise to pay certain amount of money to us

“My children were left in Nigeria as their educations stopped.”

She said she escaped from ‘Arabu’ to engage in self work since the ‘Arabu’ did not pay their salaries and the money made from self work could not be sent home.

Another returnee told the Governor that she was only able to establish communication three days ago just hours after the bus conveying them arrived at the Rivers State capital.

She said she is eight months pregnant and lost contact with her husband when their camp was bombed. She revealed that anyone not married or pregnant will be raped by the indigene.

 

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