2 December 2017
One of the Nigerians repatriated by the Federal Government from Libya earlier in the week, 35-year-old, Harrison Okotie, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of the traffickers.
Revealing he was sold for 2,000 dinars (about N529,000), Okotie lamented losing his eyes to the extreme violence of the traffickers. He said he was hit him in the eye with the butt of a gun.
After paying N600,000 for the journey through the desert, he got to Libya where he was grabbed off the street by some traffickers who sold him off to a willing buyer.
“When you got to the person you were sold to, he sold you again for double the previous amount.
“Many Nigerians have gone mad and cannot even say where they are in Libya right now.
“The day officials came to register us for repatriation, we were in a queue when one of the Libyan officials shot a Nigerian dead right there. They said he was trying to run, whereas he was desperate to return home.”
Okotie, an Edo born returnee, stated on returning home, “Now, I don ’t know if my wife and two children would ever recognise me when I get back home.
“I left Nigeria a whole man but I am returning with one eye.”
He further explained that before leaving Nigeria in 2014, he worked as a painter after graduating from the Delta State University.