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Arowolo Olamide Temitope

Lebanon Evacuee Advises Young Girls Against Travelling Abroad

Arowolo Olamide Temitope, a Nigerian woman who was barred from boarding an evacuation flight to Nigeria by the Lebanese airport management after receiving orders from her employer in Lebanon, has finally returned.

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Temitope, who was evacuated from Lebanon by the federal government on Saturday, narrated her ordeal while in Lebanon, warning young Nigerian girls against travelling abroad.

The 31-year-old was among 19 other victims who were received by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport In Abuja.

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The woman said she would not wish that the devil go through what she endured while in the Middle East country.

Temitope, speaking to journalists at the Abuja airport, said her experience in Lebanon was like hell.

“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,” she said.

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A video of her had circulated on the internet, regarding the violation of her human rights in Lebanon.

She said in a viral video on April 25, 2020, that she was beaten by Mahmoud Zahran, the husband of her employer, Feyzeh Diab, at their house in Choueifat, South of Beirut, after accusing her of stealing a phone.

She narrated instances of emotional, physical and sexual assaults from the couple, prompting the federal government to ask Lebanese authorities to bring her back to Nigeria.

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Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, chairman, house committee on diaspora, described her return as dream come true.

“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.

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“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,” she stated.

Temitope had been accused of stealing $5,000 and an attempt to kill her employer.

Her prosecution in court was stalled, as the accuser failed to show up, and she was granted bail.



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