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29 Nov 2017

Drama as Angry Libya Deportees Vow to Hunt For 'Charles', Others in Benin City

Some Nigerians who returned from the north African nation of Libya, have vowed to look for a certain Charles and other persons.
File photo: Nigerian returnees from Libya
According to a report by The Nation, some Nigerians who were recently deported from Libya have said they would hunt for one Charles and others who collected money from them for the ill-fated journey to Europe.

Those who spoke in Benin City were among the 168 Libya deportees that were on Tuesday received by the Edo State Government.

Governor Godwin Obaseki had promised to train deportees from Libya with adequate skills required to reintegrate them back to the society.

Many of the deportees looked skinny and exhausted while some woman had babies.

Some of the deportees said it was one Charles that collected money from them to take them to Europe but abandoned them in Libya.

They claimed that the said Charles had several bank accounts with different names through which he collect money from victims as well as operate a camp base in Libya where Nigerians are kept for days without food.

A deportee who gave his name Alex Otoide said he witnessed the sale of 20 Nigeria girls in the prison where he was kept.

“They sold like 20 girls in the night. It was God that save me. More than seven people died from hunger and thirst inside the prison.

“Can’t you see how I look lean and hungry. I need to go for treatment. I left Nigeria with N500,000 but I spent six months in Libya jail after the man that took my money ran away.

“We were 55 that left for Libya, 25 people died in the desert.”

Osas Blessing said Charles was one of those they call ‘burgers’ or ‘connection man’ in the Libya route.

“I gave Charles N450,000 but when I got to Libya he increased it to N600,000. He is very wicked. He does not care for human live. He is a Benin man. He will say if you die you die. He pushed us into the sea at the wrong time. I heard he just left Nigeria with new passengers to Libya. He has frustrated many Nigerians.”

Another deportee who refused to give his name said another Nigerian only known as ‘Biafra’ was responsible for the many atrocities committed against migrants in Libya.

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