The Federal Government has rescued a 23-year-old teacher, Omolola Ajayi, who was trafficked to Lebanon.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission disclosed on Monday, that Ajayi has been rescued from the home of her captor and is now safely in Beirut with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon.
The NIDCOM spokesman, Abdul-Rahman Balogun said in a WhatsApp message, “Update on the trafficked Nigerian girl to Lebanon. She is now happily in the hands of the Nigerian ambassador in Beirut. She will be home soon.”
In a viral video which circulated on social media last week, Ajayi, a single mother had disclosed her ordeal in the hands of her employer in Lebanon.
Narrating her plight in Yoruba, the Osun State indigene lamented that her boss had made life miserable since she arrived in the country.
She explained that a family friend linked her up with an agent who took her to Lebanon with a promise to get her a teaching job, but instead of being offered a teaching job, her passport was confiscated while her employers allegedly attempted to rape her.
Following investigations into the incident, three suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin.
The Chief Press Secretary to Kwara State Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said in a statement that two Nigerians and a Lebanese had been arrested in connection with the crime.
He said, “The case will soon be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq condemned the rising trend of human trafficking in the country, calling it inhuman and unacceptable. The governor warned that anyone caught should face the full weight of the law.
“The governor is horrified by the video footage of one Ms Omolola Ajayi, who is a victim of human trafficking. Omolola, whose parents live in the Kwara State capital Ilorin, was tricked into travelling to Lebanon in the guise of engaging her as an English tutor. It turned out to be a case of human trafficking and slavery.
“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.”
In the viral video, the Osun State indigene lamented that her master had made life miserable for her since she arrived in the country.
“My name is Omolola Ajayi. I am from Osun State. My mother’s name is Felicia Ajayi; my father is Kehinde Ajayi. I am 23 years old and a single mother. I am currently in Lebanon while my parents live in Offa Garage (Ilorin, Kwara State). It was a family friend who introduced me to the white man that brought me to Lebanon.
“My plan was to be teaching pupils English Language in Lebanon. On getting here, the person that brought me seized my passport. I was wondering what happened. I later knew I had been sold off to slavery,” Ajayi recalled, sobbing intermittently.
She stated, “If I am sick, they won’t take me to hospital. They will only give me drugs. Half of the people whom we came here together have died. I am appealing to Femilick Life Support to come to my aid. 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 pick the phone where he keeps it.”