A LIBERIAN MAN: “I said I was a Nigerian so they would deport me”

Streams of deportees from Libya have been arriving to The SCOAN, seeking the face of God for help and a new beginning. A few who arrived among the groups this week, came out to share their experiences. The first to speak was Cynthia who narrated her horrific experience where, in search of a better life, she found herself sold into prostitution, having to sleep with up to 20 men in a day. She was beaten and injured by the women managing the brothel and at a point, even shot in her leg. The bullet entered her leg and came out her foot, leaving her unable to move for four months. Thrown into prison, she was later deported to Nigeria. It was only here that she was able to find medical care for her ghastly wound. Cynthia advised people not to believe what they are promoting on the internet about the journey to Libya and Europe, that they are false and that the journey is horrific.

Mary had no parents and was convinced to travel to Europe via Libya for a better life to help her family. She left Nigeria and travelled through the desert where she saw multitudes of people dying in the desert with some, buried alive. She explained that her experience in the desert was like fire in hell. When she arrived in Libya, she was forced into prostitution by the person who took her to Libya. The man took a picture of her naked and threatened to post it on the internet if she did not do the work of prostitution. She had to sleep with up to 10 men in a day. On many occasions in the brothel, she was beaten with broken bottles. During a police raid of the brothel, Mary was put into prison with no food or light and later deported back to Nigeria. She advised all that Nigeria is a very blessed country and people should value it and build their life with what God has given them.

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Washington, a Liberian national, was deceived by a friend to go to Germany via Libya. When he got to Libya he was kidnapped and put into prison, to be later bailed out by a friend. He spent three days in the desert with no food or water. While there, four of the people he was with were captured again and put into prison. When he finally arrived to the coast of Libya to take the rubber boat across the Mediterranean Sea, he was captured and also put back into prison. He was put on the deportation list but there were no flights back to Liberia. His request was repeatedly denied until he heard from Nigerians there that Prophet T.B. Joshua in Nigeria often helped people who were in terrible situations such as theirs. He then claimed that he was a Nigerian, hoping to also find a way out of Libya and help from the man of God. Washington advised people to never attempt the illegal route through the desert to Libya and Europe, admonishing people to take the legal route by plane. When he came to The SCOAN, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Partners helped him financially and he began to eat regularly and was given medical assistance for his injuries and illnesses. He shared his heart’s desire was to go back to his country Liberia.

Akeem shared his terrifying experience of being kidnapped and captured in the desert. He was instructed to get his family to send money to bail him out but when he called his mother, she did not believe him. The kidnappers then made a video call to her, showing Akeem being prepared to be hung. She quickly sold her land and sent the money to the kidnappers. Akeem was severely beaten and later put in prison. Sometime later he was released and found a job but after a week of work, instead of paying him, the man pulled out a gun and shot him. Akeem ran away with a broken bone in his arm and was later caught and deported. He advised people not to be deceived, that people are falsely promoting the journey to collect money. Stay in Nigeria because the journey is like hell.

Hearing their distressing experiences, Prophet T.B. Joshua sent financial assistance in the amount of 200,000 naira for each of the deportees and prayed for their future success, in Christ Jesus.

LIBYA DEPORTEES GIVEN A NEW BEGINNING WITH ‎₦3,250,000 AND FOODSTUFFS

On Friday July 13, 2018 Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Emmanuel TV team rushed to the aid of a group of 65 Nigerian deportees from Libya, who arrived at The SCOAN in a dire condition, assisting them with a lump sum of ‎₦3,250,000 ($9,000), medical attention, a hot meal, and two bags of rice each to help them restart their lives.

Recounting their difficult stories, they explained how they had seen the height of human cruelty in the course of their illegal journey. “The person that took me to Libya is the same person that sold me!” exclaimed Mr Onudha, who was a shoe sales man in Nigeria but left his country amid a false promise that he would be given employment on a farm in Libya.

“There was no movement or freedom of speech there. We were just slaves.” Proclaimed Mr Onudoha, another deportee who said he left his job in Nigeria as a driver but couldn’t even see one Naira once he entered Libya.

They advised all their fellow Nigerians never to embark on such a dangerous and illegal journey

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CONTINUAL GIVING AS DEPORTEES FROM LIBYA CONTINUE TO COME TO THE SCOAN

Prophet T.B. Joshua, of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) who is well known for his charitable deeds, has again within the week give out the sum of N8,850,000 Naira to a new set of Libya deportees that come to the SCOAN for refuge and financial assistance.

Bellow is the post made on the TB Joshua Ministries’ Facebook page about the humanitarian assistance the Prophet and Emmanuel TV Partners gave to the deportees:

Scenes like the below have become an everyday occurrence at The SCOAN as IOM, a UN migration agency, continue to round up those who became stranded, sold, beaten, in prostitution and involved in all sorts of degrading acts because they took an illegal journey to reach ‘greener pastures’.

Today, they have been brought back home. As each set lands, many of them find their way to the doorstep of The SCOAN hearing of T.B. Joshua and Emmanuel TV Partners ever-ready response to their needs. This week alone the staggering amount of N8, 850,000 have been given to the deportees, to help them get back on their feet. Words of encouragement and faith-building items were also given out to help point them to Jesus Christ and the right way to make it in life.

Nigerian slavery victim interviewed by CNN in Libya spotted in TB Joshua’s church

cnn tb joshua scoan libyaVictory Imasuen, the slavery victim whose story on CNN sparked a global outcry about human trafficking in Libya, has finally returned to Nigeria.

The Edo State indigene, whose emotion-laden interview with CNN’s Nima Elbagir in a Libyan deportation camp was viewed by millions worldwide, shared his life-experiences in T.B. Joshua’s church on Sunday 3rd December, 2017.

The young barber explained that his father died when he was just eleven, adding that he struggled to sponsor himself through school along with his five siblings.

“When I was cutting the hair of one of my customer’s, he advised me to go to Europe where he promised I could earn a lot of money,” Victory recounted.

“I asked the man how much it would cost me. He said N350,000 but I said I only had N140,000 with me.” Victory had been determinedly saving N10,000 monthly for over one year.

The man promised to ‘help’, not knowing that Victory was naively about to use his own hard-earned cash to sell himself into slavery.

Travelling by road on a tortuous journey through Niger, the young Nigerian explained how one of the vehicles in his convoy had a “terrible accident” in the Sahara Desert, killing 30 people instantly.

“Upon arriving in Libya, the driver said he had not been paid his money and we were sold into the slave trade in Sabha.”

Victory said him and ten other Nigerians were ‘sold’ and then “locked up in one small room”. More than 200 slaves were kept inside that inhumane cell.

“They started beating me to call my mother to send money. That was when my mother learned I was not in Nigeria – because I did not tell her before I left,” Victory admitted.

The ransom they demanded – N200,000 – was simply too much for Victory’s poverty-stricken mother to raise.

“For months, I did not hear from her. They kept on beating me everyday and I fell sick. If I went to the toilet, I was shitting blood.”

Victory was beaten three times daily for eight gruelling months. That was his fate as a male.

For the ladies sold into slavery, “they would send them out to do prostitution before selling them to another person; I know of a girl there who was sold three times.”

According to him, most of the enslaved females fell pregnant “without even knowing the father of the child.”

When a picture of Victory’s emaciated condition was circulated in his local community, they managed to come together to raise the money to secure his freedom in March 2017.

After gaining his freedom, Victory attempted to travel to Tripoli, hoping to join the thousands of illegal migrants who would brave the sea to try and reach Italy by boat.

“I didn’t even get to Tripoli before I was caught and taken to prison. I met more than 10,000 Nigerians there. We only eat once a day there – one piece of bread. I would drink salt water.”

While suffering the horrific prison conditions, Victory hatched a plan to reach the deportation camp.

He slipped a note into the female section of the prison, pleading that any of the ladies who was being taken for deportation claim he was their husband.

The ruse worked and Victory was taken to Tripoli’s main deportation camp – one step closer to being repatriated to Nigeria.

It was there Victory granted an interview to CNN. “I decided to speak to them, hoping to get help but at the end, nothing came out of it,” he bemoaned.

Through the intervention of the International Organisation for MIgration (IOM), Victory was finally deported to Nigeria – with nothing but the clothes on his back to show for his “journey through hell”.

“Upon getting to Nigeria, I decided to come to T.B. Joshua because even before I left, I heard of the help he renders to others. I need prayer.”

Osazee Aghimie, another deportee, equally shared his own sorrowful tale, explaining how over 100 migrants died in the boat he was in after it capsized en route to Italy. He narrowly survived only to be thrown into prison and eventually deported.

T.B. Joshua, who had just turned from the Dominican Republic, gave the two men each N200,000. Victory could not hold back tears as he received the gift.

Joshua’s support to the duo is not an isolated instance. This week alone, the cleric gave over N4.4m to Nigerians returning from Libya, and well over N100m ($277,000) has been provided to them by The SCOAN since 2016.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian writer

258 LIBYA DEPORTEES RECEIVED AT THE SCOAN, GIVEN ₦7MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED BAGS OF RICE

Prophet T.B. Joshua has donated the sum of seven million naira with five hundred bags of rice to Nigerian deportees from Libya who earlier landed at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

After several years in Libyan prisons, a total of 250 Nigerians deported from the north African country were received at The Synagogue, Church of All Nations on Friday, May 12, 2017. It would be recalled that their deportation, facilitated by the International Organisation for Migration, was widely publicised by the Nigerian media last week.

Arriving at The SCOAN in the early hours of Friday, May 12, the deportees besieged the Ikotun-Egbe premises of the church, insisting they want to see the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua whom they described as the only one who has always hearkened to the cries of Nigerian deportees from foreign countries.

Looking very unkempt, hungry and weak with some of them nursing certain degrees of incapacitation due to the cruelty they underwent in prison, they told journalists that all they wanted from the man of God was financial assistance and spiritual guidance to enable them start life all over again, adding that the Nigerian government has failed to look into their plights.

Speaking on their behalf, one of the deportees who identified himself as Bayo said they had no other choice than to come to The SCOAN because Prophet T.B. Joshua has always extended love to the needy. According to him, “We know the man of God will not allow us go just like that. Having come back to Nigerian with nothing, we are very confident Prophet Joshua well help us so that we can return to our families to start life all over again.”

Receiving the deportees on behalf of Prophet T.B. Joshua who was not on seat, Evangelist Daniel addressed them and shared the word of God with them. While receiving words of exhortation from the evangelist, Prophet T.B. Joshua was contacted through phone and was told about the presence of the deportees.

According to a reliable source, the man of God directed the evangelists to make available the sum of seven million naira with five hundred bags of rice to the deportees, promising to do more in due course. It was singing and dancing galore as the money was shared among the deportees who also took turns to take possession of their bags of rice.

They thanked God for sending Prophet T.B. Joshua to the world and to Nigeria in particular. They urged both the state and federal governments to emulate the good deeds of the man of God.