Authorities in Lebanon have arrested a man, identified as Wael Jerro for advertising the sale of a Nigerian lady on social media.
The arrest was confirmed by the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in a tweet it posted on Thursday, April 23, a day after Lebanese authorities condemned Jerro’s dehumanizing Facebook advertisement of a Nigerian citizen.
The commission revealed that the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon had immediately initiated necessary cause of action to ensure the arrest of the suspect and release of the victim. The Nigerian Mission in Lebanon was said to have reported the matter to the host government requesting immediate manhunt for the suspect.
NIDCOM noted that the Lebanese Ministry of Labour issued a statement condemning the act and described it as unethical and in contravention of the country’s laws. It also stated that Labanon’s Ministry of Labour will also commence legal action against the suspect on the grounds of human trafficking.
The victim was said to have hailed from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital after retrieving her international passport that was obtained from her in May 2018.
While a legal action against the suspect before a court of competent jurisdiction is expected to commence soon, the Nigerian Mission in Lebanon has demanded an unconditional release of the Nigerian lady.
Last Tuesday, an Instagram user with the handle @thereneebisaad had reported the incident when she posted on her page details of the suspect and the victim.
She wrote: “Dear People, come and see what this human is doing. Selling this Nigerian housekeeping lady for $1000. This is NOT OKAY‼”.
The Instagram user claimed that Jerro had advertised the Nigerian lady whose name as stated on the passport posted online is Busari Peace Ufuoma on a Facebook buying and Selling closed group. She added a translation of the suspect’s caption as:
“Domestic worker from Nigeria for sale with new legal documents. She’s 30 years old, she’s very active and very clean. Price: 1000$‼”