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By Tordue Salem

As deportees relive experiences

ABUJA—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 serving  jail terms, before the intervention of the Diaspora Committee and a Non-Governmental Organisation fighting for “Rights of Nigerians in Libyan Prisons”, 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: “We were on death row in the Libyan prison with all hope lost, neglected by the Nigerian Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
He added that the end result was our repatriation, with over 1,000  Nigerians serving jail terms.


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