Folashade (surname withheld), a 34-year-old hairdresser in Lagos State yesterday narrated her ordeal in the hands of suspected human traffickers who promised her heaven on earth outside the shores of Nigeria. According to her, the prospect of travelling abroad and be successful lured her to follow a Lebanese when a friend told her there was a job at Lebanon where she would be paid a jumbo pay of $2,000 monthly. But alas, she told newsmen that the four months she spent abroad seemed like four years as she was subjected to hard labour and consequently fell ill. Kikelomo added that when her husband wanted to secure her release from the Lebanese, he was frankly told that until they bring a replacement to Lebanon she was going nowhere. She also hinted that she was sexually harassed during her stay at Lebanon. She said: “I have been hearing news of travelling abroad to be successful. So, when my friend introduced me to a Lebanese that his mother needed a domestic help and the person would be paid $2,000 per month, it was a very good offer for me. I was a hairdresser and married with three kids but I wanted a better life for myself and children. So, I jumped at the offer. But when I got to Lebanon, it was a different story as I was subjected to pure slavery; this is different from being a domestic servant.
Abuja Bank Robbery Suspects For Arraignment On Valentine Feb 14
The police have concluded plans to arraign five suspects, who attempted to rob a first generation bank in Mpape, Abuja, on December 28, 2019. The police had foiled the heist and killed one of the robbers, who tried to escape. Those arrested were an employee of the bank, Larry Ehizo, 30; Princewill Obinna, 24; Elijah David, 19; Timothy Joe, 21; and Ernest Ewim, 29. The FCT police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said in a statement on Tuesday that investigation into the incident had been concluded and the suspects would be arraigned before the High Court 22, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja. He stated, “Sequel to the conclusion of the investigation into the foiled bank robbery at Mpape on December 28, 2019, the FCT Police Command’s Legal Department has reviewed the case file and filed appropriate charges before the court against the arrested suspects. “In view of this development, the case has been assigned to the High Court 22, Wuse Zone 2, and the suspects will be arraigned on Friday, February 14, 2020.” Ewim, who was a barman and disc jockey at the Ever Ready Hotel, Mpape, had explained that he recruited the gang members, who carried out the foiled heist at Ehizo’s request.
Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Ferries, Says Okada, Marwa Ban Irreversible
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday inaugurated 14 commercial ferries at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Ajah. The boats, according to a statement, can take up to 40 to 60 passengers at a go and will commute to Ikorodu, Ebute Ero, CMS, Badore and Ikoyi areas of the state. While assuring Lagosians that before the end of the year the boats would be increased to 30, Sanwo-Olu said more than 500 buses would be injected into the state transport system to ease transportation problems. The governor said the decision to ban motorcycle and tricycle riders in some parts of Lagos was irreversible for safety and security reasons. While speaking at the Badore Ferry Terminal, where he also inaugurated the Lagos Ferry Service (LAGFERRY) and a mobile app, Sanwo-Olu said no responsible government would allow security breach in the state. “Let me tell you about the ban which we just enforced. We will sustain the ban on okadas and tricycles, mainly because of security and safety reasons. Security and safety of citizens are paramount to any government. As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow security breach in the state.