A Nigerian lady, Arowolo Olamide Temitope, who reportedly faced physical and sexual harassment in Lebanon from her employers, has warned girls in the country against travelling to the Middle Eastern country.
Temitope, who was initially barred from boarding an evacuation flight to Nigeria by the Lebanese airport management after receiving orders from her employer in Lebanon, gave the warning after eventually arriving Abuja on Sunday.
She was evacuated from Lebanon by the Federal Government on Saturday July 11, alongside 18 others who arrived the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Sunday.
She was recieved by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs.
It would be recalled that the rescued lady had said in a viral video that she was beaten by Mahmoud Zahran, the husband of her employer, Feyzeh Diab, on April 25, at their home in Choueifat, South of Beirut, after accusing her of stealing a phone.
According to her, she suffered emotional, physical and sexual assault from Zahran and Diab.
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The video prompted the Federal Government to ask Lebanese authorities to bring her back to Nigeria.
While speaking to journalists at the Abuja airport, she said Lebanon was like ”hell” for her, cautioning Nigerian girls against being lured abroad.
She said: “I’m happy being home. Going to Lebanon is like (going to) a hell. Nobody knows that will happen there. I advise other girls to stay here in Nigeria and try to make it the way the Lord puts them through, because going outside there was like a hell, not only in Lebanon. What I experienced in Lebanon, I pray even not for Satan to experience it.”
Speaking on Temitope’s rescue, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oyo) described Temitope’s return as “a dream come true.”
She said: “Today, Temitope is back home, unfortunately, I will not allow her show her face, the whole issue has not come to an end we really want to understand what happened in court back in Lebanon.
“We are happy, she is happy to be back home.
“I hope this will be a sign to others young girls out there who want to go abroad for greener pastures to ensure that the circumstances they are going into are the expectations they have when they signed up for these agents.”
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