Former Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has denied claims that he personally purchased plane tickets for Cameroonian migrants allegedly stranded in Libya to return home.
His denial comes in the wake of pictures shared on social media appearing to show migrants returning home from Libya after being released from slavery.
The images are reportedly of Burkinabé migrants who had been living in Libya for decades returning home in 2016 after fleeing the desperate humanitarian situation that has been exacerbated by the conflict.
Samuel Eto has done it again. He paid the plane fare for the Cameroonian slaves from Libya to Cameroon. pic.twitter.com/IeQf7qcUXv
— Ebenezer Lafrance (@EbenezerDegblo) November 28, 2017
Just learning Samuel Eto’o has offered $3000 to every Cameroonian migrant out of Libya. He was ready to rent a plane to pick them up. The government has done so, the footballer then opted for cash allowing them to settle back home. Nice gesture 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/G0TK4frEu4
— Emma Adu-Gyamfi (@iam_adugyamfi) November 28, 2017
In a Facebook post, Eto’o who played for Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona in his glittering career, also sought to pt the records straight terming the claims as baseless rumours.