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Nature of work in Libya not ideal for human being, says Nigerian returnee from Libya
ARENI Aishat left Nigeria for the “United States” with a lovely aspiration of getting a nice catering job at the New York City of the US.
But her dream was shattered when she ended up in Libya a stranded irregular migrant. Then, it dawned on her that her aunt who aided her migration and promised a successful trip to the US had other plans.
It’s either Aishat works as a prostitute or a housegirl in Libya.
The 23-year-old lady, from Ogun State, is among the latest batch of Nigerian migrants returning to their fatherland. A total of 173 of them arrived at the Muhammed International Airport, Lagos in two different flights on Tuesday morning, according to Idris Abubakar Muhammed, Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
While 162 of the returnees boarded the aircraft from Misrata of Libya which landed about 04:52 am, 11 others returned from Bengazil of Libya on aircraft which landed about 5:15 a.m.
Narrating her ordeal to journalists on Tuesday, Aishat said she was happy to be back in Nigeria after a year of uncertainty in Libya.
“I just graduated as a catering apprentice and the Aunt told me that she can help me to travel to United States where I could do better work. She told me that she would pay for my transportation and that I would refund the money when I start working there,” Aisha told The Nation.
She did not know her aunt had deceived her until she left the country. “It was my mates that revealed to me that it was Libya we were heading to,” said Aisha.
As she was denied a catering job, her option was either to work as a house girl or to be sold out to “Connection House” which means prostitution network.
Aisha said she worked for one year.
“Nigeria is far better than Libya, Libya is dangerous, it is either you are kidnapped, killed, raped, robbed or bombing here and there. Nigerians are not safe there.
“I decided to return home because the nature of the work is not ideal for a human being,” she said.
Aisha said she was helped back to the country when her mother laid complaints at the NAPTIP office.
The recent batch of Nigerian returnees from Libya consist of 52 adult females and 106 adult males. There were also children including eight females and seven males, and 21 of them had medical challenges.
More than one thousand Nigerians have returned from Libya in 2019. As of April 2019, Nigeria has received close to 1000 stranded citizens from Libya. In March, NEMA Lagos boss, Idris Abubakar Muhammed, said that more than 12,000 Nigerians had so far returned from Libya since April 2017.