However , as it turned out , her case is akin to jumping from the
frying pan into fire ;as she has, in her life , gone through bitter
experiences, especially during her stay in Libya , where she underwent forced labour and became a victim of serial rape.
Ekumabo , from Uhunwode local government , is one of the hundreds of Edo indigenes that have been repatriated from Libya . They are currently in the custody of the state government undergoing rehabilitation for effective integration into society.
Aside her traumatic experience during her seven – month sojourn in
the North African country , pregnant Ekumabo may have to live
with the pain of not knowing the father of her unborn child.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, she cursed all
those who raped her in Libya , including her biological father , whose
incestuous action at home , she claimed, was responsible for her
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Narrating her ordeal , Ekumabo said her father ’ s attempted acts of
incest drove her to Libya . She alleged that the exposure of her
father ’ s attempted incestuous relationship with her resulted in a big family row .
“After I exposed what my father wanted to do to me , fight broke
out at home and I had to run away for my safety.
“ I went to stay with my friend who introduced me to the man that
helped people to Europe.
“ I did not have any money ; so , I was made to swear to an oath in
a shrine in Benin that I will pay back every kobo when I get to
“ We agreed that I will pay back N 200 , 000 . I left Benin for Kano in
April 2017. From Kano , we were transported in a Hilux truck
through the dessert, with no food or water , to Agadez in Niger
Republic and from there to Tripoli in Libya.
“ If you want to cross from Agadez to Tripoli without money , you
either get raped as a girl or get beaten up as a boy . The agency
can also sell you out as slave to get their money before you are
allowed to cross to Tripoli with your new owner .
“ I saw dead people; boys being killed ; girls raped to death ; and
people sold as slaves .
“ The worst part is that Nigerians are among those Arabs who
treat fellow Nigerians badly .
“ It was while I was about to cross to Tripoli that four Arab men
raped me continuously without stop ; after which I was allowed to
cross to Tripoli where I discovered that I was pregnant .
” The church where Nigerians worship in Tripoli advised me to go
back to Nigeria since I cannot do any other work here now that I
am pregnant . ”
Sounding confused , Ekumabo said she did not get any comfort or
words of encouragement from her immediate family . Her biological
mother forbade her to return home “ empty handed, ” she said .
“ When I called my family that I was coming back , my mother asked
them to tell me to stay back and try my best to cross to Europe.
“ But I said to myself that since she was not the one who sent me
to Libya , she had no right to tell me to cross to Europe, ” Ekumabo
She explained that the Edo State Government has advised her to
keep the pregnancy and has promised to give her accommodation
where she will stay and be delivered of the baby .