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Women From Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

Two Nigerian ladies who were promised phony jobs in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia by an Ibadan based travel agency have been rescued by the Police.

Rotimi Agboluaje,Ibadan.

Two Nigerian ladies who were allegedly promised phony jobs separately in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia by an Ibadan-based travel agency have been rescued by the Police Oyo State Command.

The two ladies were brought back to Nigeria on Thursday. They were received by men of the command at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos, before they were taken to Ibadan.

The Commissioner of Police in the Oyo State, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, disclosed this while parading the duo before newsmen in Ibadan over the weekend.

Also the 39-year-old travel managing director of the travelling agency, Victor (surname withheld by us), who arranged the journey for the duo has been arrested and put under the close watch of the police.

Narrating her ordeals, the 28-year-old Biola (surname withheld) rescued from Kuwait, said she has Diploma in Industrial Labour Relations and she travelled for greener pastures. She disclosed that she was told she would be employed to work as a teacher, nurse or with a travel agency before she left Nigeria for Kuwait.

According to her, the travel agent charged her N150,000 for the journey. But she only paid N80,000 and the agent allowed her to go with the hope that she would pay the remaining N70,000 after working for two months. Saying but what she met in Kuwait was not what she expected.

Disclosing that she was asked to work as housemaid for certain period to get resident permit but the work was too much for her.

In her words: “I told the travel agent that received me in Kuwait, Ibrahim, believed to be an Ethiopian, that I wanted to return to Nigeria. The agent was furious and demanded that I must pay him the N350,000, which he bought me with before I would be allowed to go”.

Thereafter, he allegedly denied Biola her freedom. She said further that she was advised to either continue to work as housemaid or take to prostitution to pay Ibrahim his money but she rejected and she managed to call somebody in Nigeria few days later and the information got to the police. Also, the same fate befell the second victim, 29-year-old Taiwo (surname withheld), a single mother, that was rescued from Saudi Arabia. She holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Accounting.

Taiwo said the managing director of the travel agency did not collect any money from her before she travelled, adding that he is a pastor in her church.

The travel agent, Victor, who is a former branch service manager of a commercial bank, said he told Biola and Taiwo that they would work as housemaids in Kuwait and they agreed,saying that he helped them.

He was said to have been relieved of his job due to a fraud in the bank and he is still being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

His agency, he disclosed, has helped no fewer than 480 people to travel abroad for work and education.

The Oyo State police chief also said the successful operation was made possible as a result of the beauty in the efficacy of grassroots intelligence of his Ambush Squad and the cooperation of necessary stakeholders.

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