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Libya Returnees Groan Over N1,000 Transport Allowance By Edo State. 

Nigerian migrants recently repatriated from Libya on Wednesday protested against the N1,000 transport fare allegedly given to them by the Edo State Government.

Over 900 returnees have been received by the state government at a temporary shelter in Benin since January 8, 2018.

Some of the returnees, who were moved to Benin after their arrival in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, were seen grumbling about the amount, which they claimed was too small to take them home.

They lamented that their colleagues who were moved to Benin from Lagos State got over N40,000, while those from the Port Harcourt centre were allegedly told that they would be catered for by the Edo State Government.

The angry returnees also threatened to stage a peaceful protest at the Palace of Oba of Benin and the Government House but were dissuaded by some security personnel who intervened.

One of the returnees, Joyce Richard, lamented that the amount was inadequate to take her to her hometown in Orhionmwon Local Government Area. She, therefore, appealed to the state government to increase the allowance.

It was, however, learnt that the development compelled the government to later increase the amount to N5,000.

Reacting, the Chairman of the state Task Force on Anti-Hhuman Trafficking, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, blamed the protest on misinformation.

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