Nigerian lady saved in Saudi Arabia from human trafficking tells her story.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), says federal government will soon repatriate over 50 Nigerian girls trapped in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Director–General NAPTIP, Julie Okah–Donli, said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on the outcome of the investigation on Nigerian girls trafficked to Saudi Arabia.

The director general who came along with one of the victims said the team was set up by the minister after a complaint was lodged by NAPTIP on the nation’s youth being innocently trafficked to Saudi.

 

“We came here complaining to you about the rate at which our young ones are being taken out of the country to Saudi Arabia under the guise of getting jobs for them.

 

“There were calls from victims who were being trapped in Saudi, who are suffering and you graciously set up a team comprising NAPTIP officials and the ministry to go to Saudi and investigate.

 

“When the team visited Saudi Arabia, we met with more than 50 girls who were interviewed and we were told that there were many more girls who were stranded in various part of Saudi Arabia.

“One of the victims was brought back and she is here to recount her ordeal,” she said.

She said there were a lot of Nigerian girls who were stranded in Saudi working under slave-like conditions in people’s home.

According to her, most of them are r-ped while others are made to work 18 hours out of 24 hours.

She said many were made to sleep in very poor condition and not paid in accordance with what the fraudulent trafficking agencies promised them.

“There is a very big cartel that works with embassies, who secured visas for the victims because those who have genuine businesses don’t easily get visas but the trafficked,” she said.

The minister described the situation as pathetic and said that the federal government was going to deal with the issue holistically and see the end of the menace.

Mr Onyeama said there was a report that had a serious and a very negative impact on the country and the people, which made the ministry to set up an investigation team on it.

“The report showed that this is a real scourge and it is just too pervasive now in our society and a lot of work is being done by the NAPTIP which is commendable.

 

“Human trafficking is about trafficking beyond our border and this concerns the ministry of foreign affairs; we are also very much worried.

 

“We need to sensitise our country and our people and to bring the issues closer to home through a personal experience,” he said.

He said the ministry was in the process of having inter-ministerial meetings with all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to really address the problem and tackle the issue once and for all.

 

“We want to put in place mechanism to tackle this issue, it is a crime against humanity, our youths are suffering and it is not something we can tolerate.

 

“And, every effort would be made, that nothing would be spared toward eradicating this menace from this country and from the face of the earth,” he said.

The victim who was veiled while narrating her ordeal in Saudi Arabia said she was lured by a friend living in Dubai who connected her with a woman in Bannex Plaza in Abuja.

The girl who spoke in English fluently but didn’t reveal her identities, said she left for Saudi Arabia with other girls on December 30, 2017 before being rescued by NAPTIP through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It all started through a friend who claimed she was living in Dubai; she introduced me to a woman agent in Abuja, I was living in Lagos and latter invited me to meet her in Abuja

 

“When I came, I was taken for a medical check-up in Dr Wada’s Hospital.

 

“The agent promised that I would go to Saudi Arabia as a sales girl and that I would be earning equivalent of N150, 000 there.

 

“Everything was processed through her and when we got to Saudi Arabia it was a different thing entirely, my passport was seized and I ended working as a house help.

She said when the condition was unbearable she called the woman and said she could no longer cope but the agent said she could not leave.

According to her, the agent said she must pay N1.7 million before she could be released

“And if I could not pay I would have to work for two years, so I contacted a journalist friend who contacted NAPTIP that contacted the Nigerian Embassy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” she said.

The girl, who said she almost committed suicide before help came for her called on the federal government to come to the rescue of thousands of Nigerian girls trapped in Saudi Arabia.

“I want government to assist those other girls that are stranded because it is not easy, Nigerian girls are passing through hell in Saudi Arabia , there may not be work in Nigeria but it is better to stay back.

 

“I went through physical torture because my boss and her children beat me when I said that I wanted to go back to Nigeria.”

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Barcelona signs new number 7

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Philippe Coutinho, the Barcelona midfielder has swapped numbers ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Coutinho, who wore No. 14 after completing a club-record move from Liverpool in January, will now wear No. 7, the Catalan club confirmed on Thursday.

The Brazil international becomes the ninth player to make the number his own since squad numbers were fixed in 1995, and the first since Arda Turan donned the shirt before leaving the club last season.

The others to wear the No. 7 shirt were Pedro Rodriguez (2013-2015), David Villa (2010-2013), Eidur Gudjohnsen (2006-2010), Henrik Larsson (2004-2006), Javier Saviola (2001-2004), Alfonso Perez (2000-2001) and former World Player of the Year Luis Figo (1995-2000).

The No. 14 had been made famous by legendary Barcelona player and coach Johan Cruyff.

The 26-year-old Coutinho contributed 10 goals and six assists in 22 matches as he helped the club to league and Copa del Rey titles in his first half a season at the Camp Nou last term.

Morning Health Tips: HOW TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY HEART

The best way look after your heart is with a healthy lifestyle.

Be smoke-free

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Be physically active

Regular, moderate physical activity is great for your heart health. It’s never too late to start and get the benefits. It’s also important to sit less during your day and break up your sitting time. Find out what you can do about getting active and sitting less

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight

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Mayorkun stuns with his new Porsche

Singer and DMW act, Mayorkun, has bought himself a brand new Porsche following his smooth-sailing career since after signing into Davido’s record label, DMW.

He shared this photo of himself posing in front of the whip with his name on the number plate and captioned it: ‘Ma shey testimony tinba ra ‘POSH.’  Ma shey testimony tinba ra ‘POSH’.

He was pictured using the car for a video shoot of a yet to be released song.

 

Mona Lisa caught bulldozing a plate of banger soup and starch

Veteran Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda has been spotted chowing down on banga soup and starch in Edo state. The Nigerian actress was at an event in Benin. The 43-year-old actress took to Instagram to share a video of herself munching the banga soup and starch. In the video, the 43-year-old was heard saying she was extremely hungry. She added that she needed the Nigerian cuisine to feel better. She said: “First meal today .. and yes this is what I feel like right now. This combo is everything!! Hunger of the highest grade. Who’s joining in??? #filmingThank God for journey mercies @lancelotimasuen God is good.”

EULOGY TO THE ONE by Ezekwesili Chidiebere

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Come clothe me with your hug, for in there do I find refuge, whilst mountain falls and hills collapse, I shall not be harmed. Come feed me with your kisses, for in there I quench my thirst, for your kiss is sweeter than wine, and longlasting more than a century. Let me adore one side for a decade, praise and worship the other for a millennium, for I sought for joy whenever I sought thee, eternal rest whenever I lay my head upon thee. Let your red heart be my pride, touch of love; my unfading joy, for in there do I see a paradise, where heartbreak goes in extinction.

DSS FORMER BOSS CONFESSES…

The sacked director general of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), Lawal Daura, has said intelligence report that unauthorised persons were planning to smuggle dangerous weapons and incriminating items into the National Assembly, prompted him to deploy operatives to the complex. Daura’s statement was contained in the interim investigation report submitted by the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, Daily Trust reports. READ ALSO: Political parties’ leaders allege plot to impeach Saraki, Dogara The IGP, however, faulted the intelligence report by Daura, noting that the report cannot be substantiated as the DSS personnel deployed were not EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) experts or specialist in this regard. The police boss made it clear that Daura carried out the siege on the National Assembly complex without the approval of the acting president. “The former Director-General, Department of State Security Service, Mr Lawal Musa Daura acted unilaterally without informing the presidency. He did not share or intimate other security agencies on the unlawful operations,” Idris said in the report. PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 new app Meanwhile, the sacking of Lawan Daura, the director general of the DSS, by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo was reportedly done with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari. According to Sahara Reporters, the decision to sack Daura was taken at about 4am on Tuesday, August 7, and Osinbajo secured Buhari’s approval before making the decision public. The newspaper said anonymous sources confirmed threTuesday’s DSS siege to the National sembly in order to whip up public sentiments for Senate president Bukola Saraki. Read more: https://www.naija.ng/1185608-security-report-order-invasi

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