The Lebanese authority is set to prosecute Wael Jerro, a Lebanese, who offered to sell Peace Ufuoma, a Nigerian, for $1000 on Facebook, He has been arrested awaiting arraignment.
The chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa broke the news in a post via her Twitter page on Thursday.
According to her, Jerro’s arrest would be followed by prosecution for “criminal sales of a human.”
“Trafficked Nigerian girl for sale on Facebook by a Lebanese !The Lebenese Government just announced the arrest of Mr. Wael Jerro for onward prosecution against criminal sales of a human, a young Nigerian girl,” she wrote.
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Mr Jerro had shared the passport of Ufuoma to ‘Buy and Sell in Lebanon,’ a Facebook group, alongside a post written in Arabic, calling for prospective buyers.
According to her passport data page it was acquired in May 2018, and that the bearer hails from Ibadan, Oyo state. Curiously however Ufuoma is not an Ibadan name.
Several Nigerians had condemned the move, asking the Nigerian government to swiftly wade into the issue and ensure justice is done.
In reaction to the outrage, the NIDCOM boss had disclosed that the country’s mission in Lebanon had reported the issue to the host authorities, adding that “a man hunt was already on.”