Trafficked woman, Omolola Ajayi, returns from Lebanon, handed over to NAPTIP

A Nigerian woman who is suspected to have been trafficked to Lebanon has arrived in Abuja and has been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Omolola Ajayi, 23, arrived in the country on Friday. She had been with the Nigerian ambassador to Lebanon.

Ms Ajayi brought attention to her plight through a video which went viral, claiming she was sold into slavery in Lebanon.

Ms Ajayi said she was told she would be an English tutor in Lebanon but was converted into slavery afterwards.

NAPTIP’s Director of Public Enlightenment, Arinze Orakwe, who received the victim, said that her rehabilitation would commence immediately.

“Now that the victim has been received, profiling of her details would commence, followed by rehabilitation,” he said.

Mr Orakwe urged Nigerians planning any illegal journey to be weary of the kind of promises they receive from people abroad.

“The streets of Europe and Asia are not painted with gold. There is a thin line to every promise, we must be very careful,” he said.

Officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) joined NAPTIP in receiving Ajayi at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.