Delta to rehabilitate 78 returnees from Libya

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The Delta State Government said on Tuesday it was committed to rehabilitating the 78 returnees from Libya who are from the state.

The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Ernest Ogwezzy, said this during an interview with newsmen in Asaba. Ogwezzy said the returnees who arrived the state on Saturday and the state government had been taken care of them since then.

He said the returnees had learnt from their experiences and urged them to put those experiences behind them and looked forward to a new lease of life.

He said details of the returnees had been collected and that the government would enrol them in its various skills’ acquisition programmes.

One of the returnees, Child Odiase, said he went to Libya in search of greener pasture with the intention to cross to Europe but was arrested in the process. Odiase said many Nigerians had died in the process, while many others were in prison.

He said whenever the Nigerian Ambassador to Libya came around to see them, the Libyans would lock them up so that the envoy would not see them.

He said if you were brought before the Ambassador and you talked that others were being locked up, your punishment would increase after he must have left.

He thanked the government for coming to their rescue and prayed that others still in various detentions in Libya would return to Nigeria safely.

Another returnee, Chico Frankson, said he was taken to several prisons before he was brought back home. He said they were usually served with foods  drugged and were being subjected to manual labour by the Libyans.