OrderPaperToday – Some 20 Nigerians reportedly trafficked abroad arrived the country after being held captive for months in Lebanon.
The returnees include Ms. Peace Busari, a young girl who was put for sale on Facebook by her Lebanese captors.
Also among them is Temitope Arowolo, the 31 year old lady who had been abused and detained by her employer in the Lebanon for an alleged murder attempt and one Chidibem who preferred not to disclose her full identity for security reasons.
The Nigerian returnees from Lebanon arrived via Lebanese airline which landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport on Saturday after concerted efforts by the Nigerian government led by the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM).
Narrating their ordeals in Lebanon respectively to newsmen in Abuja, Arowolo described Lebanon as hell while Chidibem said she almost attempted suicide twice due to her been forced to do domestic labour while in pains in her stomach and fracture in her leg.
According to Arowolo, anybody trying to leave Nigeria to other countries for unknown job should reconsider their decision.
Her words: “I will never wish my enemies to even experience such treatment there”.
While commending the Nigerian government for coming to her rescue, she urged other Nigerians who are hoping to seek greener pastures abroad to reconsider their decisions.
Chairman House of Representatives committee on diaspora, Tolulope Sadipe-Akande, who received Temitope Arowolo and other stranded female Nigerians from Lebanon at the international wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport in Abuja, reiterated the commitment of the National Assembly, especially House of Representatives to tackle human trafficking challenge and protect the interests of Nigerians in Diaspora.
She assured that the Lebanese and the Nigerian community would always stand together to ensure that justice and respect for human lives are prioritised while the two countries would work together to bring modern day slavery to an end.
The lawmaker further called on Nigerians to always report agents of human trafficking to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and monitor activities of those fueling human trafficking at the domestic level.
‘’Nigerians keep your eyes open for the sources at home that are fueling human trading. There are Nigerians that you and I need to monitor and ensure that the human trafficking source here in Nigeria is brought to an end. So we need to be our brother’s keepers. If you know any of those agents you need to go and report them to NAPTIP,’’ she added.