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Lebanon: Police Arrest Employer Of Nigerian Sold Into Slavery




The suspected trafficker of Omolola Ajayi, who was held hostage by her employer, Youssef Maurwan, in Lebanon has been arrested by the Lebanese police.

A further report has it that Maurwan has been apprehended and would be prosecuted for human trafficking and enslavement by the Lebanese authorities.

A source in the Nigerian Diaspora Commission revealed that the suspect would be made to pay the return ticket of the 23-year-old teacher and also return her passport which he had seized.

Recall the single mother was rescued on Monday after she released a video on the internet where she narrated her ordeal at the hands of her master in Lebanon.

Ajayi who was rescued on Monday is presently with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Goni Bura, in Beirut.

The NIDCOM official stated, “Maurwan is in the custody of the Lebanese police and is being investigated. He has been ordered to return Ajayi’s passport which he seized upon her arrival in Lebanon. He will also be made to provide her return ticket to Nigeria. No date has been fixed for her return.”

The spokesperson of the commission, Abdul-Rahman Balogun, while speaking on the report said he could not confirm the latest developments.

Omolola while narrating her ordeal had revealed that a family friend linked her up with an agent who took her to Lebanon having promised her a teaching job.

She noted that instead of offering a teaching job, her passport was seized while her employers allegedly attempted to rape her.

She said, “If I am sick, they won’t take me to hospital. They will only give me drugs. Half of the people we came here together have died. I don’t want to die here. I need help to return home.”

“The person I live with wants to rape me but I have been resisting him. He collected my phone and said he would not give me the phone until I accept to have sex with him. It is when he sleeps or goes out that I manage to take calls where he keeps the phone.”

Ajayi further stated that the situation turned sour when she called her agent to rescue her but she was told that he had paid for her life.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin which investigated the incident arrested three suspects including two Nigerians and a Lebanese.

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