A Nigerian deportee who just arrived from Libya has made a shocking confession on the death toll and hard life of African migrants who attempt to illegally enter Europe.
While speaking at Prophet T.B. Joshua’s The Synagogue Church in Lagos, a Nigerian deportee who just arrived from Libya made a startling confession on the alarming picture of the death toll of African migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe.
The man identified from Efe Alimi who is an Edo State indigene, revealed how he had participated in the mass burial of 5,300 bodies in a single day on the Libyan shore, decomposing remains of those who had drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.
In a shocking revelation posted to T.B. Joshua’s official Facebook Page, the man said; “Most of the bodies washed up on the shore had decayed. When we picked them up, their flesh peeled away to the bone. Some were without ears, eyes or breasts. All were my African brothers and sisters.”
Alimi said the bodies were dumped into a mass grave, crushed by excavators and then covered by the Libyans who had picked him and a group of other migrants to do the “dirty job”.
Speaking further, he said that he had travelled to the North African nation via Niger in 2013, adding that 29 embarked on the dangerous journey through the Sahara Desert but only 9 reached Libya.
“I actually buried 20 people in the desert,” Alimi recalled, adding that he only survived by drinking urine after they were stranded for five days without food or water.
After an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Italy in 2017, he was imprisoned in an underground dungeon for one year before the intervention of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), who facilitated his return to Nigeria.
Another deportee, Johnson Imonigie, equally shared distressing details of how the makeshift boat he was in capsized en route to Italy. 121 were on board and 87 drowned.
Even prior to his attempt to cross the ocean, Johnson had been kidnapped and sold into slavery three times in Libya.
During his incarceration, one of his close friends was beaten to death in his presence.
“They decided to beat me on my manhood,” he vividly recalled.“I can’t even begin to describe the pain. I was there the day they hit my friend there so hard he actually died.”
On Tuesday 5th June 2018, 171 Nigerians were voluntarily deported from Libya, over 90 of them deciding to visit Joshua’s famed Church in search of aid.
Hearing their plight, Joshua and his ‘Emmanuel TV Partners’ gave the group N3m ($8,500) to help them start their lives afresh in Nigeria.