By Tordue Salem
As deportees relive experiences
ABUJAâ€”The Diaspora Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday pledged to intensify efforts to discourage the mass exodus of Nigerians to other countries as deportees from the Republic of Libya called on their fellow citizens set to flee through illegal routes to rethink their plans.
The Chairman of the Diaspora Committee, Rep. Abike Dabiri hosted the coordinator of the Coalition of the Rights of Nigerians on Death Row in Libya, Mrs. Ebele Egbuna and over 15 deportees from Libya, who relived their harrowing and thought-provoking experiences on camera.
Some of the unfortunate immigrants who were servingÂ jail terms, before the intervention of the Diaspora Committee and a Non-Governmental Organisation fighting for â€œRights of Nigerians in Libyan Prisonsâ€, while briefing the House Committee regretted that the Nigerian Embassy in Libya did little or nothing to protect their lives, until the Abike-Dabiri led Committee and other rights groups intervened.
The leader of the group of deported Nigerians, Mr. Vitalis Onuoma, at the briefing regretted: â€œWe were on death row in the Libyan prison with all hope lost, neglected by the Nigerian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.â€
He added that the end result was our repatriation, with over 1,000Â Nigerians serving jail terms.