Temitope Arowola, Framed In Lebanon Arrives Nigeria




By Ayo Kehinde




Nigerian domestic servant in Labanon who was framed for attempted murder by her employer in May has arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport for her onward journey to re-unite with her family.

Temitope Arowolo, 31, was reported missing in the middle-eastern country after her accusation until she was discovered in a prison in Beirut, the Lebanese capital through the combined efforts of officials of the Nigerian Consular office there and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), .

Mr Mahmoud Zahran, her employer had accused he of stealing $5,000 and attempting to kill him. But when the case came up for hearing in the court, her accusers failed to show up and she was granted bail.

Arowolo’s plight was the subject of discussion at the House of Representatives   on Thursday whose Committee Chairman,Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe met with the Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada. The meeting extracted an assurance from Diab that Arowolo would be brought back to Nigeria after the Reps Committee had established Arowolo’s innocence in addition to the fact that she suffered sexual harassment in the hands of her employer.

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

The diplomatic effort, which helped to secure her release was complemented by oversight of House of Representatives, whose Committee on Diaspora Affairs joined NATIP to welcome her at the airport, where the aircraft she boarded landed at 3p:m