Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated Sen. Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South Senatorial District on her elevation to the position of Senate Minority Leader. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday, by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jackson Adebayo, the party said Olujimi’s elevation was…
The fifth batch of 136 Nigerian returnees from Libya arrived Port Harcourt International Airport, in the early hours of Tuesday, Mr. Martins Ejike, South-South Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said.
Ejike, represented by NEMA’s Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Ebhodaghe Eric, received the returnees who arrived aboard Med-View Airline 5N-MAB at about 1.10 a.m.
“They are all intact, except one of them who we are taking to the hospital with the ambulance to find out why she is unstable,” he said.
Ejike said that few returnees in the fourth batch were still left at the centre, adding that they are from Osun and Ekiti states.
He appealed to concerned state governments to hasten the process of picking their indigenes.
Ejike said the agency would contact state governors for prompt evacuation of the returnees from the fifth batch in the Port Harcourt centre.
Joy Job, one of the returnees, thanked the Federal Government for rescuing them and fulfilling its promise of bringing Nigerians home.
Job described her experience in Libya as “horrible, sorrowful and unforgettable.’’
She said that she was sold into slavery by a Nigerian who told her that he found a hair dressing work for her in Kano, not knowing that she had been sold into slavery to another Nigerian living in Libya.
“Nigerians are selling fellow Nigerians into slavery in Libya; we are sold from one person to another, Libya people will buy us from our people and use us for any kind of work they like.
“I did not know that where I was in Kano was a boundary between Nigeria and another country until I saw myself surrounded with gun.
“My abductors told me that if I did not agree to go to Libya, they will kill me, so I had no option than to agree with them.
” They gave us Nigerian account numbers to pay in the money they charged us before they freed us from their custody,” she said.
Job advised Nigerian youths still nursing the idea of travelling out of the country illegally to drop it and manage life with whatever they see in the country.
She appealed to the Federal Government to continue with the evacuation in order to save many Nigerians who were still in different prisons and camps in Libya. (NAN)
— 16th August 2018
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— 16th August 2018
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Entertainment— 16th August 2018
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South-West Report— 9th August 2018
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Abuja Metro— 15th August 2018
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Oriental News— 15th August 2018
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Features— 14th August 2018
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Literary Review— 10th August 2018
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Lifeline— 16th August 2018
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Education Review— 14th August 2018
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TSWeekend— 10th August 2018
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Opinion— 16th August 2018
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