Nigerian lady trafficked to Lebanon regains freedom – Independent Observers

Nigerian lady trafficked to Lebanon regains freedom

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By Danladi Al-Hassan

Omolola Ajayi, a 23-year-old Kwara resident who was trafficked to Lebanon, has regained freedom.

Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairperson of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), broke the news on her official Twitter page on Monday night and added that Ms Ajayi has now been handed over to the Nigerian Ambassador in Beirut, Goni Zanna Bura.

The spokesman of NIDCOM, Abdul-Rahman Balogun, also added that “she will be home soon.”

A video footage of Ajayi went viral last week, prompting Nigerians to call on the government to come to help her.

The video claimed that Ajayi, whose parents live in Ilorin, was tricked into travelling to Lebanon under the guise of engaging her as an English tutor but ended up being used as a slave.

The Kwara State government has been actively involved in the case since the news went viral last week.

 A subsequent press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said confirmed that three suspects, comprising two Nigerians and the Lebanese referred to in the footage, have been arrested in connection with the case and the suspects are being interrogated,

“Apart from Ms Ajayi, discreet investigations by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, in Kwara State, have revealed that there are at least 28 other victims of this horrible trafficking gang,” the statement added.

The statement urged residents to report any such activity they might know of in their neighbourhood.

In her reaction, Dabiri-Erewa also confirmed the arrest of the alleged trafficker.

“The alleged trafficker has been arrested and will be handed over to NAPTIP. The family of the lady has been traced ..Kwara Gov is personally on the matter. All hands on deck to ensure the trafficked lady returns,” she tweeted.

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