Hon.Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has appealed to youths travelling out to be
purposeful and beware of dangerous people, trafficking them out for
their selfish and personal gains.
Represented by Mr Ayo Okuribido who led a delegation of NIDCOM staff to receive Miss Omowunmi Rhoda Aladeboyeje at Muritala Muhammed Airport Lagos at 2.00 am, who was rescued from Cairo, Egypt,
She thanked the Nigerian mission in Cairo for their prompt intervention.
Rhoda was profiled by Immigration officials on her return, and handed
over to NAPTIP, in the presence of a representative of the family, Engr
The NIDCOM boss said Rhoda’s story was the same as that of many victims,lured abroad under the guise of securing them a job.
She restated her appeals for Nigerians especially youth trooping out of the country in search of an elusive greener pasture, insisted that
traffickers must be arrested, named, shamed and punished for this
Dabiri-Erewa thanked God for Rhoda for making it back to Nigeria alive
and urged her not to be tempted to embark on such journey again.
Rhoda, 35, arrived in Nigeria on Saturday at 4.50 am via Royal Air Maroc.
She was trafficked on March 17, 2020, and claimed to be sexually
harassed on a regular basis, beaten frequently and home imprisoned
Rhoda, a mother of four, was trafficked by her immediate elder brother who claimed there was a nursing job opportunity in America.
However, going to America turned out to be a ruse. She was trafficked to Egypt and went through so much torture and hell. When a distress call
from her family member was received by NIDCOM, the Nigerian mission in Cairo was contacted immediately to put all logistics in place to facilitate her return.
With that done, and with Rhoda in the safe custody of the mission, her
family made provisions for her ticket home.
An auxiliary nurse by profession. Rhoda was on her way to her
home town Okitipupa in Ondo state.