We drank urine, Nigerian returnee laments as 171 return from Libya

Stranded Nigerians who were brought home from Libya.

No fewer than 171 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday aboard a chartered Nouvelair aircraft with registration number TS-1NB.

The aircraft landed about 4.18pm at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

One of the returnees, Miss Gift Peters, in an interview with The PUNCH, said she got to Libya 11 months ago after being deceived that she was being taken to Germany.

Highlighting the hardship Nigerians faced at the hands of Libyans, Peters said sometimes they were forced to drink urine as punishment.

“When I got to Libya, it was not in my mind to continue with the journey. So I asked the person that took me to return me to Nigeria but he started maltreating me and sold me to someone who has a connection house in Libya where we were maltreated daily.

“If we don’t want to work, they will start maltreating us. They will do you something that you will wish to die.

“Those who they sold us to, sometimes, use iron and start burning us. At times, they will instruct our fellow ladies to urinate for us to drink,” the Delta State indigene said amidst tears.

According to her, she managed to eventually contact her family in Nigeria and was fortunate to make it back alive unlike many of her peers who joined her on the ill-fated journey.

The PUNCH reports that a first batch, comprising 161 Nigerians, had earlier on February 14 also voluntarily returned from the North African country where they had been stranded en route Europe.

The new set of returnees were brought back by the International Organisation for Migration and the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.