- Ephraim Okundolor shared a harrowing experience of his attempt to go to Europe
- He said he regretted his decision considering the amount of money he spent
- The Libya returnee urged Nigerians to desist from going to Europe through the desert
One Ephraim Okundolor has given a harrowing tale of his experience in his attempt to go to Europe through Libya.
Vanguard reports that Okundolor who just returned to Nigeria from Libya through the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described his action as senseless.
He revealed that he suffered through Libya and also went to prison after going through a similar fate in the Mediterranean Sea. He said in spite of the money he spent, he was still not able to get to Europe.
He said: “I regret everything that has happened. I spent over N3 million in the journey. I paid N450, 000 to the person who assisted me from Nigeria while my wife paid N500,000.
“I made four attempts to cross the Mediterranean but failed on each occasion. It was during the last attempt, when we had almost entered the blue sea that the Libyan militants intercepted our boat, and sent us back to Libya, where we were thrown into the prison. In each of the attempts, I paid N120, 000; so I spent a total of N480, 000 trying to cross over the sea to Italy from Libya.
“I also paid N700, 000 to regain my freedom when we were dumped at a camp in Tripoli. My people also sent N700, 000 to me with which I initially wanted to procure a return ticket to Nigeria before IOM came to our rescue.
“So, when you add all those money to the expenses I made during the desert journey and the ones I spent to sustain myself for the over six months that I wasted in the journey, you will agree with me that I spent over N3 million, without any positive result.
“However, I thank God for sparing my life because many people died in the process. In short, I took part in the burial of some of the dead persons both in the desert and in Tripoli.”
He called on Nigerians to desist from embarking on the dangerous journey urging them to use the proper channel when travelling to Europe.
Meanwhile, over 700 Nigerians died in the Mediterranean Sea while migrating illegally in the last six months, the Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN) disclosed.
The group made the disclosure via its president, Femi Awoniyi, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Awoniyi, however, pointed out that compared to those who died while trying to cross the Sahara Desert, the figure is low.
He lamented that Nigerians have the highest rate of rejection among sub-Sahara asylum applicants in the European Union; as he pointed out that the country has the highest number of illegal migrants from Africa.
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