Lebanese police arrest trafficker of Nigerian sold into slavery

The Lebanese police have arrested the suspected trafficker of a 23- year – old Nigerian teacher , Omolola Ajayi , who was held hostage in the Arab country by her employer , Youssef Maurwan .

It was also learnt that Maurwan had been taken into custody and would be prosecuted for human trafficking and enslavement by the Lebanese authorities .

A source in the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission told our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday that Maurwan would be made to pay for Ajayi ’ s return ticket as well as return her passport which he had seized.

It was learnt that the single mother , who was rescued on Monday , is still with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Goni Bura , in Beirut.

The NIDCOM official stated , “ Maurwan is in the custody of the Lebanese police and is being investigated.

He has been ordered to return Ajayi ’ s passport which he seized upon her arrival in Lebanon.

He will also be made to provide her return ticket to Nigeria.

No date has been fixed for her return . ”

But spokesman for the commission , Abdul – Rahman Balogun , said he could not confirm the latest developments.

In a viral video on social media last week , Ajayi narrated her ordeal at the hands of her master in Lebanon.

Narrating her plight in Yoruba , the Osun State indigene lamented that her boss made life miserable for her since she arrived in Lebanon.

She said a family friend linked her up with an agent who took her to Lebanon with a promise to get her a teaching job there , but instead of being offered a teaching job , her passport was seized while her employers allegedly attempted to rape her .

She stated , “If I am sick , they won ’ t take me to hospital .

They will only give me drugs .

Half of the people we came here together have died .

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 take calls where he keeps the phone . ”

Ajayi said the situation became worse when she called her agent to get her out of captivity but the man told her he had paid for her life .

Following investigations into the incident , three suspects including two Nigerians and a Lebanese were arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ilorin .

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