Nigerian Libya Returnees Protest Non Payment Of Stipend & Eviction From Hotel In Benin City
January 9, 2018 – Protest As Nigerian Libya Returnees Get Kicked Out Of Motel Benin Plaza Hotel
Some Nigerians migrants who returned to Nigeria on Sunday are currently protesting non payment of their stipend for their transportation to their various destinations.
73 of the protesters who are pregnant said they arrived Benin yesterday and were lodged at the Motel Benin Plaza hotel by the State government only for them to be told to vacate for another set of returnees expected to arrive the state tomorrow.
As early as 7:30 a.m., the returnees were seen buying snacks while those without money were begging passers- by before the state government brought food for them.
Many of them looked unkempt, haggard and hungry.
Some of them said they have been in an underground cell for more than six months.
They were made to undergo medical check- up including screening for HIV/AIDs.
The protest started when they were told no money was made available for them after they were subjected to biometric screening by the state government.
January 9, 2018 at 4:56 PM
This is Nigeria today for you where nothing work. They are now back to the soil where false promises by the government reigns. But the most dangerous part of it all is that, if the jobless libyan returnees who are already numbering into thousands are not being provided with any stipends including program that will help them acquire marketed skills or anything that can incite them to maintain their determination as law abiding citizens of the country, then their is going to be huge problem and challenges not just for the government but to the society at large. If the federal government is handicap to providing the highly needed aid to this ones, I wonder where this helpless and emotionally depressed ones can turn for help. We are spending billions of naira annually fighting crime and strengthening the national security but we seemed to have lost sight of the major cause of crime in the society. Isn’t this insane? If this desperately helpless individuals are left unattended to, it then mean the administration is sick, unable to serve the interest of nigerians and need to be replaced or toppled with urgency.
January 10, 2018 at 3:34 AM
Nigeria with her story everytime. These are the things those people will come back to be face and they will say instead of facing such stories in nigeria, let them die trying at the mediterranean
January 10, 2018 at 3:28 PM
I honestly don’t know why y’all are blaming Nigeria for other peoples mistake.
One thing you guys have failed to understand is that no one sent them out in search of greener pastures and now that things failed to go well for them, y’all are just there Blaming Nigeria or its Government for other peoples mistake
January 10, 2018 at 9:14 PM
Daht…Those who made their way out of the country did not make mistake. Their decision to flee the country was purely based on the poor state of Nigeria economy. If the highly corrupt government under president Muhammadu Buhari has the best interest of the masses at heart, creating jobs for the unemployed masses and providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, do you think there would be mass exodus of Nigerians setting out risky journey to become slaves in other people’s land in an unprecedented level? Have you ever seen for instance other African citizens coming in drove into your country for greener pasture? why you won’t see such mass emigration of this ones into your country is because their government despite the fact that they have fragile economy, they still use it for the betterment and development of their nation. Then you ask yourself why is Nigeria different? The situation here is deferent because the government has failed in it promises and have totally neglected the wellbeing of Nigerians and has no economic plan to pull us out of impoverishment. This is why you must hold Nigerian government responsible for the monumental shame brought to this nation due to their inaction, inefficiency and inability to fix the prostrate economy.
January 10, 2018 at 6:46 PM
The people they came home to meet are being owed months of unpaid salaries, so what makes their case super special to warrant a protest? Those being owed salaries, who have actually worked, have not protested, Libya returnees are protesting. They gathered serious money to dash Libyans, money that could have been used to start up something small here. It only shows that they have not learnt anything from their experiences in Libya. Maybe they should be paid salaries for surviving Libya while those that have stayed back in Nigeria should hand over their salaries to them. They are like the proverbial prodigal son. They have been rescued and welcomed home, now the hustle continues. My only fear is that these returnees will increase crime rate in the country as most of them will seek to still get money at all cost, govt or no govt.
January 11, 2018 at 2:53 AM
I wish they can be serious with the protest..Nigeria is greener than any other place except that the real criminals in power are wicked and don’t want it to circulate or put things in order.
Better to die in Nigeria protesting for your right (God will not allow you guys to die) than to die like a rat in Libya.