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Libyan forces capture Egyptian jihadist al-Ashmawy

Security forces in Libya have captured one of Egypt’s most wanted jihadists during an operation in the eastern port city of Darnah.

Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former army officer, is accused of being behind several deadly attacks in Egypt and an attempt against a top state official.

He had a suicide vest strapped on, said the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern Libya.

Libya has been unstable since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

His 40-year rule ended when he was ousted and killed by rebels during the so-called Arab Spring protests.


We Buried Over 5,000 Corpses In A Single Day – libyan Deportee Shocks Tb Joshua With Confession


Nigerian deportee who just arrived from Libya has given a startling confession at T.B. Joshua’s Church in Lagos, painting an alarming picture of the death toll of African migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe.

Efe Alimi, 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.

“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,” he recollected in a shocking revelation posted to T.B. Joshua’s official Facebook Page.

According to Alimi, 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”.

Alimi travelled to the North African nation via Niger in 2013. 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 5thJune 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.

The news comes on the heels of the United Nations imposing sanctions on six leaders of human trafficking networks in Libya.

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Courtesy of T.B. Joshua’s official Facebook Page

Tears rolling down my chicks as i watched my friend’s girl friend raped to death — Libyan returnee

​On January 14, 2018, at about 11.52pm, a Max Air plane with registration number 5N- HMM, landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers state with the third batch of 560 Nigerian returnees from Libya. Among them were 20 infants.

In recent time, the print and electronic media have been awash with news of Nigerian returnees from Libya and their horrific tales during their sojourn.

Libya returnees on arrival at the Port Harcourt International Airport Sunday. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke.
Nigerians, especially youths , leave the shores of the country in search of better living condition, owing mostly to unemployment . In their desperation to achieve their aim, they fall prey to agents who sweet talked and cajoled them into believing that they could get to their dream country, if they could raise between N150,000 and N400,000. Some youths , resorted to several criminal means of raising this amount , only to realise at the end that this decision was their greatest undoing.

While some of them are lucky to share their experiences , same could not be said of others who died in the course of the deadly voyage across the angry Mediterranean sea. Others had their carcasses feasted on by vultures in the Sahara Desert in Niger, as they could not withstand the harsh condition.

Among ladies who managed to return home , are those living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV as they were turned into sex slaves while there.

In this interview with Saturday Vanguard, one of the returnees, Omo Harry , gave a startling revelation of the activities of a notorious group known as ASMA boys in the North African country of Libya, their hatred and subsequent killings of blacks and their alleged connivance with government officials .

He also disclosed that this group of youths owned private underground cells where they keep blacks and contact their families to send money for their release. Those whose relatives back home could not meet up with the financial demand are left with no choice than to be killed. Sometimes, video clips of killings of victims according to him were sent to victims ‘ relatives and uploaded on the internet.

His revelation:

My Libya tale

“ My friend, Denis, said I could travel to Europe if I could raise at least N500,000. He told me that he was also trying to raise same amount for an agent that would facilitate it. I had to sell all my property , including the parcel of land I acquired at Ogudu Bale area of Ogun state. But I could only raise N350,000 at the end. Denis was able to raise N300,000 while his girlfriend, Rita, had N250,000. The agent said he would complete the money but that we would pay him the balance when we got to Libya. When asked how, he said he would introduce us to someone , who would get us a job and that after paying his balance, we would proceed to Europe.”

Journey in the desert

The trio of Omo , Denis and Rita, set out for the journey with high hopes in April 2016 but none of them told any member of their families that they were embarking on such journey. If fact, Rita reportedly told her parents that she was traveling to the Delta State University to pursue her admission. She had told her boyfriend that she would call to inform her family whenever she got to Europe. But little did she envisage that she was embarking on a journey of no return.

Customs alleged indulgence

Continuing, 40-year-old Omo said : “ We bought gala, garri and bread and also bought two bags of sachet water as advised by the agent and left Lagos for Kano. On arriving the border between Kano and Niger, the agent told us to bring N7000 out of the money with us. As we approached the border, a Customs officer came, collected the money from us and asked us to wait until he gave the directive for us to cross thorough a bush path.

                Omo Harry.
The reality of what was ahead dawned on us when we boarded an open van from Kano to Zindaine, in Niger Republic. It was a day’s trip. From there we boarded another vehicle to Agadez, Niger and another to Tripoli , the capital city of Libya . It was a four-day journey through the desert.

By the second day , we had almost finished the food we took along, as we shared it among other migrants from Nigeria and Niger. We also exhausted the water. On the third day, we were all hungry and thirsty but there was nothing to eat.

The reality

“Finally, we arrived Qatrun, the first state in Libya . We were taken to a connection house . In that connection house were tranke which are camps where migrants who do not have the needed amount to continue the journey are kept.

On the first day at the tranke, we were welcomed with good food. But at night, they began a roll call and separated those who had completed payment from those who hadn’t . Of course, myself, Denis and Rita were in the disadvantaged group. At this point, the agent was nowhere to be found. In fact we were all confused as to what to do next .

“ At this connection house, the head is called Capon. We also had OC Torture . The Capo collects relatives number and demand money for captives to continue their journey. It was at that point that I got to know that Rita did not tell her parents she was traveling.

When she was given the phone to speak with her mother, we overheard her crying. Rita’s parents sent N150,000, which covered three of us. We thought we were free, not knowing that the horror had only just begun.”

Sabha connection house

“ From Qatrun, we were moved to Sahba , in Western Libya, where the main tranke called Ali ghetto is located. It is close to the University of Sahba . It was a place of no return . From there , you are expected to pay another sum to cross to another connection house in Inias, from where you will embark on the sea trip to Europe. When they demanded for more money, Rita said she would like to go back home. But they insisted that she must pay before going back.

Immediately we got there, they collected our international passports and tore them. They said they don’t allow people to embark on the sea trip with anything except the clothes on them. In my excitement, I called my people in Lagos and they sent N150,000. Unfortunately, it could only take me , as Denis and Rita did not have money to cross the second huddle. Instead of leaving them behind, I kept my money and decided to wait until their relations could send money to them.”

Raped to death

The price he had to pay for friendship was better imagined than explained , as he said that they were all kept in a basement , while those who were awaiting the right time to cross the Mediterranean sea , were assembled at the top of the building. He had barely slept when he was woken up by a foul smell which turned out to be faeces of those on top of the basement.

“ I thought that was the height until Rita’s parents called to say that they had no money. Immediately the call was received, Rita was chained to an iron rod where White Libyans came and took turn to rape her. This continued for two weeks without food . In one of the instances, Denis stood up to challenge one of the men but he had his ear chopped off with a hot iron rod that was plugged to a socket. .

On the day she died, five boys first came , had their turns with her and left. At that point, she could only stare into space . Ten minutes later, another set of young men came to have their turn. It was when the third person was on her that she was discovered to be motionless. Her body was there for two days before it was removed.

            Gay practice.
Inside the tranke at Saba, Libyan men pay to have sex with black men . They would visit the tranke at night , chose strong men and took them away. They were usually brought back at dawn. I devised a means to avoid being a victim by pretending to be sick every night.

When I could not bear it again, I had to give them my money and proceeded to the next phase of the journey.”

ASMA boys connection

Omo revealed that most of the vicious practices such as killing of migrants were done by ASMA boys . This group according to him, is a kidnap gang which abduct migrants for ransom. They have reportedly infiltrated all sectors in Libya including the Police. They are said to be merciless and kill at will . Omo said that they would pursue blacks to anywhere and when they got them , they would take them to their private trankes which is usually an underground cell. From there, they would call relatives to send money for their release . In their case if they don’t get the money at the stipulated time they would kill their victims and even take a video clip of the killing and post on the internet.

He revealed that there are factional groups of ASMA boys , adding that when a faction releases a migrant to go, another would capture the same migrant and make fresh demand.

There are also private tranke owned by individuals in Libya. He said most times, ASMA boys stormed such trankes and forcefully took migrants to their own tranke. During such invasion, guards at the private tranke were killed , by the ASMA boys who were usually armed.

Members of this gang also worked for the Police. They go as far as the Mediterranean sea to get migrants who managed to cross the huddles to get to the sea. “

Libyan Police connection

Omo further revealed that sometimes , some of the boats used to cross the Mediterranean sea usually had Libyan Police stickers . “ For such boats, ASMA boys allowed them to cross freely while others on which there are no such stickers are held hostage. Out of the captured migrants, ASMA boys would release some to the Police and take the rest to their underground trankes scattered across Sahba .“Also, whenever Police arrested migrants on sea, they(policemen) would inform migrants that they were taking them to the deportation camp. However, midway into the journey, these officials would contact ASMA boys to inform them of their catch. I fell a victim of this hijack.

“ As we were being taken to the presumed deportation camp, ASMA boys intercepted the truck, ordered the policemen to come down from the truck and took over the steering. We were taken straight to their underground camp, where we faced another torture . I spent two days in their underground camp before my people sent N100,000 for my bail. For each person who paid ransom, government officials who released the migrants to ASMA boys got their own share. They don’t do any other business than this.”

Nigerian killed by ASMA boys

“ Inside ASMA boys’ cell, the volume of music is usually high and we were warned not to make noise. If anyone disturbed, he could be killed. One of the gory sights I will never forget was the killing of a Nigerian named Chukwuma. He was brought in same day with me. He said he was feeling feverish and requested for drug , with an assurance that he would pay for the drug the next day. Moments later, he shouted at the top of his voice for them to either give him the drugs or take him to the deportation camp.

At that point, a member of ASMA boys who was not more than 19 years, stabbed Chukwuma in the neck. Not done, he stabbed him again in the face and in his jugular. None of us could cry out , we just watched with our eyes popped out in shock.

It was after the incident that I called my elder sister in Lagos and passionately begged her as I recounted the incident. I was eventually taken to the deportation camp from where I returned to Nigeria after spending close to a year there.

Most Nigerians who are returning are those in the deportation camp. That is why you see them looking well. But there are several others in the trankes of ASMA boys and private individuals. It is difficult to locate private trankes because operators use such places to rear animals such as goats, cows and chickens, as cover up.”

Cocain business

Omo further revealed a major thriving illegal business in Libya: sale of cocaine and local gin popularly called ogogoro . He disclosed that ASMA boys most times masquerade as soldiers to escort Nigerian agents to purchase cocaine and local gin here. .

According to him: “ Any time you see a member of ASMA dressed in Military camouflage , it is either he is about escorting a Nigerian to get cocaine or ogogoro. The business is very lucrative and it is the second highest revenue earning next to human trafficking, in Libya. For instance, a shot of ogogoro that is sold for N100 in Nigeria is sold for N1500 in Libya.”

Free at last

“ Deportation camp is the best place for migrants to stay. Although we were not well fed there but it is devoid of the usual horror. Pregnant women and babies are given special preference there .

I only ate meat for the first time in December 2016 on the day officials of the UN came visiting. Whenever they visited, those manning the camp would bring us out and shared the relief materials to us. But immediately they left, the Libyan officials would collect what was given from us.

Also during the visit of representatives of the UN, the officials would bring sick migrants from the camp, put them in ambulances and start patrolling the city without taking them to the hospital. It was only a show off .

Whenever a migrant died, Libyans would take shot of the corpse and ask us to be crying while they took video shot of us . At the end they would send such pictures and the video clips the UN so as to get more money and relief materials which were never given to us.

The day we were taken out of the camp was my happiest day . It was like a dream . But since I returned , the horrific experience, especially the death of Rita and Chukwuma, is yet to be deleted from my memory”, he said in tears.

Source: vanguardngr.com

Islamic State Libyan brigades capture air base from ISIS – spokesman


Three fighters from the government-backed brigades were killed and around five wounded in Saturday’s fighting, he said.

Brigades aligned with Libya’s U.N.-backed government said on Saturday, June 4, they had captured Ghardabiya air base from Islamic State to the south of the militant group’s stronghold of Sirte.
Spokesman Mohamed al-Gasri said the capture of the base, about 20 km (12 miles) from the centre of Sirte, was strategically significant since it cut off supply routes for Islamic State and “trapped them further” within the city.


Three fighters from the government-backed brigades were killed and around five wounded in Saturday’s fighting, he said.
The brigades, mainly made up from fighters from the western city of Misrata, have driven Islamic State back to the outskirts of Sirte from the west over the past three weeks. They counter-attacked after Islamic State had advanced towards Misrata in early May.
To the east, a separate force that controls oil terminals and is also loyal to the U.N.-backed government captured two small towns from Islamic State earlier this week.
Western states are hoping the U.N.-backed government, which arrived in Tripoli in March, can bring together Libya’s competing factions to defeat Islamic State.
The extremist group established a foothold in Libya amid political chaos and conflict in the North African state, creating its most significant base outside Iraq and Syria, and gaining control over Sirte last year.
The U.N.-backed government’s prime minister told Reuters on Friday that it was too early to give a timeframe for the battle for Sirte, but that he was confident that Libyan forces could unite to retake the city.

Most of Sirte’s population of about 80,000 is thought to have fled, and Gasri previously said residents who remain would be given a chance to escape before the government-backed brigades advanced into residential areas.
“We are concerned now because Daesh (Islamic State) militants are hiding among civilians inside the city” of Sirte, Gasri said on Saturday.
The brigades have lost dozens of their fighters and seen hundreds wounded in the past month of clashes.

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