A Nigerian man who had just returned home from where he was held captive in a Libyan slave camp, has narrated how he got out.
More Nigerian returnees who were deported from Libya have again revealed the anguish and woes they were subjected to in the north African country.
According to PM News, Tony Taira, one of the returnees, who arrived Benin, Edo State, on Monday, Tony Taira, narrated to journalists in Benin, how he paid the sum of N500,000 as ransom to regain his freedom from the hands of his captors in Libya.
The HND graduate of Business Administration and Management from Delta State Polytechnic, who spoke shortly after he arrived the Benin Plaza Motel where they are lodged, said the lesson he learnt during his six months stay in Libya was far more than what he learnt during his four years in the polytechnic and the one year mandatory NYSC.
He said his survival in the desert en-route to Libya, could be ascribed to the grace of God and not by his physical strength.
He said many able-bodied young men had lost their lives in an attempt to cross the desert.
“Crossing the desert is not by your physical strength. You will see a grown up man going through that desert he cannot make it and it is there you will also see a young boy going through such desert and making.
“After the desert, when you are now in Libya, you could be kidnapped. Like in my case, I was kidnapped and forced to pay the sum of N500,000 before I regained my freedom after much torture.
“So, after Libya, going to the Mediterranean Sea, that is another tug of war. You will see couple trying to cross with their children, the children will survive while the couple will die. I witnessed it,” Taira narrated.
The Libya returnee who was just finishing a meal served to them on arrival at the hotel, said another lesson he learnt from Libyansâ€‹ was how not to waste food.
When asked why he wrapped his left over food for keep, Taira said he has learned not to waste food.
“One good thing I learnt in Libya is that, there is no wastage. An Arab man does not give out his money for any reason, you must work for it. So, I learned something and that is one good thing I learned in Libya. I do not waste things anymore. It is a very big thing I have learned.
“My experiences in Libya is a lesson and training to me. It was more than my four years academic sessions I went through in the higher institution. It is more than the NYSC training just this six months I spent in Libya. It was tough, rough and hard,” Taira said.
He appealed to government and other well-meaning Nigerians to assist him with funds to enable him go into farming.