From being a slave in far away Libya to the miracle behind his eventual freedom, a Nigerian returnee, Kehinde Fatukasi, has narrated the heart-wrenching experience on how he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.
Speaking on his ordeal, Fatukasi, who was among 136 stranded Nigerians assisted to return from Libya by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union, said he regretted embarking on a journey into the troubled North African country, Daily Trust reports.
The 42-year-old Ekiti man said he left Nigeria in 2016, accompanied by his wife and 6-year-old son in search greener of pastures but only to fall into the hands of organ traffickers.
He recounted: “I was there (Libya) with my wife, who had returned to Nigeria. I believe she would have thought that we are dead. The Arabs treated us like slaves. You work without being paid and so many of us were killed while watching the killings.
“All of us here don’t fear death; we have seen what is more than hell. The Libyans don’t care if you are black or not, the treatment given to us (blacks) is same they give to their Arab neighbours from Tunisia or Algeria. Once they need someone to work, those chosen must follow them. Any refusal not to follow will be to kill that person instantly."
How it started
Fatukasi recounted that he wanted to travel to Germany after his friend told him there was a better life there.
According to him, he however, started regretting embarking on such a fruitless journey having seen the doom waiting the moment their buses arrived the Niger Republic.
On post Libya life
Fatukasi said he would like to make attempt into farming. According to him, Libyans were farmers whom he learnt a lot from.
The Ekiti born also said he came home with farming tools like water sprinkler, adding that he would strive to bring a better life to his son and wife.
He said: “Libyans are great farmers in spite of the fact that their country is in desert. I came back to Nigeria with irrigation tools like water sprinkler which will aid me to start afresh.
“I will work very hard to see that my son gets very good education and give my wife a restful life to enjoy our marriage.
“If I had adequate information about the lies of better life outside, I would not have tried to leave Nigeria."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 12,974 Nigerians had voluntarily returned from Libya in two years.
The agency said the returnees were assisted back from the volatile north African country by the European Union (EU) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Voluntary Assisted Returnees Programme which began in April 2017.
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