A 27-year-old returnee from Libya has just rejected the monthly payment of N20,000 given to them by the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki. He disclosed that the country where he was coming from is the best place to work.
Identified as Obehi Diamond, he added that if only Libya had a central government it would be easy for any young man to work and earn good money.
According to The Nation, Diamond recounts how he a lady promised to take him to Europe in 2011. He said he gave her N520,000 to process the flight all for him to end up in Libya. He started working where he was earning 1,500 dinars but the man that received him in Libya takes 1000 from his fee.
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Diamond said: “I left Nigeria in 2012. I paid money for flight but the women betrayed me and took me through land to Libya. I paid her N520,000 in 2011. She kept on promising me that I will soon leave. She later asked me to go to Libya that there was somebody to receive me until I will leave for Europe. When I got to Libya, Richard told me I could not travel by air because there is on government in Libya. I started working in Libya and earning 1,500 dinars every month but Richard was collecting 1000 dinars every month from the money. He kept collecting money from me for four months. I later told him that I cannot be working and he will be collecting the money. Richard told my boss to stop paying me. He told me to leave his house and I started sleeping in the street inside abandoned vehicles. I later met a boy who took me to his house in a mechanic workshop. I got a job somewhere and was earning 2000 dinars. From there I was sending money to my parents in Nigeria to take care of themselves. My friend found a job for me in Tripoli and I was working well. In 2014, I was going to take measurement for a job, policemen stop the vehicle I was in. I was the only black inside. After interrogation, they tore my papers. I spent eight months in four different prisons. I got a phone to call my friend and he told me to look for a policeman to bail me out. In Libya, there is no lawyer to bail you. A policeman helped me out and I paid him 120,000 dinars. I started working again in Tripoli till 2016 when fight started. I found another place to work in downtown due to fighting in Tripoli. After a month, I asked my boss to calculate the money and it was 4000 dinars. He wanted it pay me 600 dinars and I refused. I stopped the work because I am a professional. I could get work easily because people used to call me for work. The man pursued me and said I must work for him. He took thugs to pursue me and for my safety I decided to work for 600 dinars.”
The young man further narrated how he spent 15 months in prison before he was deported. He explained how they raided his house after his arrest and took all his money and properties. He added that Governor Obaseki does not need to pay them but to provide materials which they can work with.
Diamond said: “When I was arrested in Tripoli, I spent 15 months in prison before I was deported. I was not planning to go to Europe. In Libya, there is work. Libya is the best country in aspect of money and work. There is no country to compare to Libya. The problem is the lack of government. Libya is the best place for a young man to work and survive. There is money in Libya if you are a good workman. There is future in Libya for those that are not lazy. Since 2015, there was no means to send money home. Libyans know that we blacks do keep money at home. When they caught me, they went to my house to collect my money. They took my property. I lost everything. They took huge money from me. If I had come home with that money, I would not depend on government to help me, I will just open my shop immediately. If the state government can help me to open my shop, I will not think of traveling again. The pattern of aluminum work in Libya is different so I had to learn from an Egyptian. There is nobody that go to Libya that does not have skills except the Benin boys. The Benin boys are lazy. I don’t play with my work when I was in Libya even on Fridays. The training from Obaseki is out of point. I don’t want to undergo any training here in Edo. If I have my money, I will go to Lagos and start working immediately. I cannot collect N20,000 monthly from Obaseki. That is no money. That is what I work in Libya in two days. I don’t need any training. What I need is money to start off. My fiancée is still in prison in Libya. I am expecting her to be brought back soon.”
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