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Another 136 Stranded Nigerians Return From Libya

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Nigerians Return From Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received another batch of 136 stranded Nigerians from Libya.

The Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Alhaji Idris Muhammed, confirmed the development to NAN on Tuesday in Lagos.

Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at 11.50pm on Monday aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number DMG-MJI.

According to him, they were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and European Union under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme.

He said: “The returnees are made up of 59 adult females, four female children and five female infants.

“Also, there are 63 adult males, two male children and three infant males.”

Muhammed said the returnees were welcomed by NEMA and other agencies, including the National Refugees Commission, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons as well the Nigeria Immigration Service.

One of the returnees, Mr Kehinde Fatukasi, from Ekiti State, while narrating his experience, said he deeply regretted embarking on the journey to the volatile North African country.

The 42-year-old man said he left Nigeria in 2016 accompanied by his wife and six-year-old son.

Fatakusi said upon getting to Libya, the family was kidnapped and sold into slavery but fortunately his wife managed to escape.

According to him, he later found out that those in captivity were being sold to organ traffickers which prompted him to escape from the camp with his son.

“I was there (Libya) with my wife who had returned to Nigeria. I believe she would have thought that we are dead.

“The Arabs treated us like slaves. You work without being paid and so many of us were killed while watching the killings.

“All of us here don’t fear death; we have seen what is more than hell.

“The Libyans don’t care if you are black or not, the treatment given to us (blacks) is same they give to their Arab neighbours from Tunisia or Algeria.

“Once they need someone to work, those chosen must follow them. Any refusal not to follow will be to kill that person instantly,” he said.

Fatakusi, while thanking God for bringing him and his son safely back to Nigeria, said he intended taking up farming as a means of survival.

He added: “Libyans are great farmers in spite of the fact that their country is in desert. I came back to Nigeria with irrigation tools like water sprinkler which will aid me to start afresh.

“I will work very hard to see that my son gets very good education and give my wife a restful life to enjoy our marriage.

“If I had adequate information about the lies of better life outside, I would not have tried to leave Nigeria.

“I wanted to travel to Germany. A friend assured me of better life but immediately we got to Niger Republic I began to regret my decision, and I didn’t know that what I experienced in the desert was just a child’s play.”

Fatakusi advised Nigerians to be patient and struggle to make better use of resources available in the country instead of risking their lives in Libya or trying to cross the deadly Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

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Lagos guber: I’m confident of victory at tribunal – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday said that he was confident of victory at the Lagos State Gubernatorial Electoral Petition Tribunal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sanwo-Olu expressed the optimism when he came to the tribunal sitting at the Ikeja High Court Complex, to sign a response to two petitions challenging his victory at the March 9 governorship poll.

The petitions were filed by Chief Owolabi Salis of the Alliance for Democracy and Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi of the Labour Party.

Sanwo-Olu arrived at the premises at 11.14am alongside the Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Obafemi Hamzat.

After the signing, the governor-elect told NAN: “What we came here to do is to put an official deposition to the challenge by two gubernatorial candidates.

“We are certainly confident because Lagosians have spoken, the people went out on March 9 to cast their votes.

“It was devoid of any form of incident, there was not one incident reported officially. We trust that the tribunal will do its job well and Lagosians will be happy.”

Sanwo-Olu said that it was the duty of the tribunal to determine if the petitions had any merit.

“It is a process that all of us must submit ourselves to; that is why we are here today, and we are confident that the tribunal will do its job well,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu promised that his administration would undertake judicial reforms for speedy administration of justice.

“Lagos has championed judicial reforms in the last 20 years, and my administration will not be different.

“We will still take bold steps to reform to better the entire process because we understand the importance of the sector,” he said.

Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), the head of Sanwo-Olu’s legal team, told NAN that he was also confident of victory for the governor-elect at the tribunal.

“We are working based on the facts on ground; we have been able to review the two petitions, and we are not in any kind of doubt that we have sufficient and credible answers to all the allegations in the petitions.

“Until today, his excellency (Sanwo-Olu) was not served any petition. The APC was served but he personally came to the tribunal today to sign for his own process.

“Immediately he signed, he filed a reply. This is to show that we are prepared for these petitions, and we have no problem about the eventual outcome.

“The job of the governor-elect is to defend the election and protect the mandate of the electorate; that is what he came here to do,” Owonikoko said.

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Man sets self ablaze in Ebonyi

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A 37-year-old man was rushed to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for treatment after he allegedly set himself ablaze.

The man, identified as Chinedu Nweze, allegedly set himself ablaze beside a classroom block at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki.

He was said to have tied his legs and wet himself with petrol before igniting fire.

It was gathered that Nweze, who hails from Umuogharu, Ezza North Local Government Area of the state, had complained to his neighbours of frustration and inability to feed himself, a day before the incident.

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Actor Jim Iyke welcomes baby boy (Photos)

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Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke has just welcomed a baby boy.

Taking to his Instagram page, the actor stated that he is private with his family affairs, but he was pleased to share the rare moment with his followers.



Jim captioned the cute photos thus ;

I am ultra private with my family. But this is the rarest of moments. Back to 2 hrs sleep nightly. Back to cat naps with my sub conscious peaked for the slightest movement. Back to groggy mornings and big unknowing smiles.
Welcome home King.

I cant find the right words now. Every being in me is pulsating with raw primordial energy. A Lion beget a Lion. Welcome to my Pride, dear son. Thank you for choosing me to be your Papa. Thank you lord for yet another blessing this year. I dont know what I’m doing right to deserve it all.

It takes a man to bring a child home. It takes a community to raise him. My people please welcome my king.
Welcome home JJ.
Let’s have the fun of our lives! 
HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!

Jim Iyke welcomes baby boy

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