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Get us out of Libya prisons, jailed Nigerians plead

By Vivian Enebeli & Onwuka Anthonia

FOUR Nigerians jailed for life in Libya are pleading with the embassy in Tripoli to get them out following the recent amnesty declared by the Libyan  authorities. Ismaila Monday, Valentine Okoye, Solomon Chukwu Francis and Chinedu Orji called Sunday Vanguard from the Medium Prisons, Nais, Tripoli to say they had been overlooked by the embassy in getting Nigerians out of jail there.

The four were part of the original six that were arrested for drug trafficking in Tripoli in October 2003. Two of  them, Orji Okonkwo and Chuks Ofanka, died from gun shot wounds inflicted on them when the police raided their areas.

They claimed that the police denied them medical treatment and proceeded to prosecute them resulting in the life imprisonment imposed on them in April 2004. “A week ago, Nigerian embassy officials visited the prison but refused to attend to us.

They would not sign their paper even after the Libyan government granted us amnesty”, they told Sunday Vanguard on phone. They pleaded with the embassy officials to come and sign the necessary papers for their release.


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