Lebanese police have arrested Youssef Maurwan, the employer of a 23-year-old Nigerian teacher, Omolola Ajayi, who was sold into slavery in Lebanon.
KanyiDaily had reported how Omolola Ajayi was rescued by the Nigerian government after a video of herself crying for help went viral.
In the video, Omolola who crying bitterly, narrrated how a close family friend sold her into slavery in Lebanon, under the guise that she was going to teach English language in the Arab country.
According to Punch, a source in the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) disclosed that Omolola’s master in Lebanon, Youssef Maurwan, has been arrested and taken into custody.
He will be prosecuted for human trafficking and enslavement by the Lebanese authorities.
The source also disclosed that Maurwan would be made to pay for Omolola’s return ticket as well as return her passport which he had seized when she arrived Lebanon.
“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,” the NIDCOM source said
We learnt that Omolola Ajayi, who was rescued on Monday, is still with the Nigerian Ambassador to Lebanon, Goni Bura, in Beirut.