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JUST IN: Temitope Arowolo, 28 others arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport from Lebanon


Abike Dabiri-Erewa

A Nigerian woman, Temitope Arowolo, on trial in Lebanon for allegedly stealing her employer’s $5,000 and also attempting to kill him arrived in Nigeria on Sunday afternoon after the Federal Government secured her unconditional release from the Asian country’s government.

31-year-old Arowolo arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon alongside 27 other women evacuated from Lebanon.

They were received by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, among others.

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Arowolo, who was being prosecuted in Lebanon over alleged theft and attempted murder, told newsmen Lebanon was hell for her.

She advised Nigerians, especially girls, who embark on trips in search of greener pastures outside Nigeria to be cautious.

The House committee had on Thursday met with the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab, during which an agreement was reached on the extradition of Arowolo along with other stranded Nigerians in the country.

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After the closed-door meeting also attended by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada, Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, had disclosed that Arowolo would be brought back to Nigeria.

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.

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The committee had, however, said it was established that Arowolo suffered abuse and sexual harassment from the husband of her employer, Mahmoud Zahran, during her sojourn in Lebanon.