Peace Busari, a Nigerian advertised for sale on Facebook, and Temitope Arowolo, another Nigerian accused of theft and attempted murder, both in Lebanon, have returned home.
This was confirmed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), on Twitter on Saturday.
The duo was among 72 Nigerians evacuated from Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday from Turkey aboard a Middle East Airlines flight.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) July 11, 2020
Dabiri-Erewa explained that 29 out of the 72 evacuees were stranded Nigerians girls who were working as domestic staff in Lebanon.
Busari was put up for sale by Wael Jerro, a Lebanese, on Facebook in April.
Jerro had put a price tag of $1,000 on the 30-year-old indigene of Ibadan in Oyo State, as well as publicising her Nigerian passport on a Facebook page with the message: ‘Buy and Sell in Lebanon’.
The post generated outrage on the social media, as many Nigerians called for the arrest of the suspect and rescue of Busari.
Dabiri-Erewa later announced the arrest of Jerro by the Lebanese government.
Arowolo, on the other hand, was accused of theft and attempted murder by her employer in Lebanon.
She was prevented by her employer from boarding a previous evacuation flight airlifting Nigerians from the Middle East country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.