“Going to Lebanon is Like Going to Hell.” – Nigerian Returnee Narrates Ordeal

Temitope Arowolo addressing newsmen

Temitope Arowolo, a 31- year- old Nigerian lady who was falsely accused of attempted murder, theft and imprisoned in Lebanon, said that she saw hell while in the Midde East nation.

Arowolo, who landed in Abuja on Saturday, said she will not wish her experience on even Satan.

Twenty-nine Nigerians evacuated by the Federal Government from Lebanon arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday afternoon.

They 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, among others.

Also among the returnees is Peace Busari, who was offered for sale on Facebook for $1000 by a Lebanese, Wael Jerro.

Arowolo, in a brief interaction with journalists, said Lebanon was like a hell for her. She cautioned Nigerians, especially girls, who embark on trips in search of greener pastures outside Nigeria.

She said

“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.”

Arowolo’s employer had accused her of stealing $5,000 and attempting to kill him. Her prosecution in court had been stalled as the accusers failed to show up, while she was granted bail.

While briefing journalists, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, noted that Arowolo was the only person of interest among the evacuees. She also said the lady would be isolated as part of the protocols for COVID-19.

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