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20-Year-Old Nigerian Woman Narrates How Was Nearly Raped While Working As Maid In Iraq



A Nigerian identified as Kaosarat Okunade, has told of her sexual harassment story, SaharaReporters reports.

Sad and lonely black girl feeling depressed

The woman who was trafficked to Iraq, says male residents in two of the houses she worked in tried to rape her.

Okunade, who was 19 when she left Nigeria, told SaharaReporters that her mother paid N250,000 to an agent to facilitate her trip, contrary to the usual practice of the agency or the household in need of an African maid paying for the travel.

Okunade said her maternal uncle received the money from her mother and sent it to other agents along the trafficking chain.

According to her, she was told by the agent that she would be going to Dubai.

When her travelling document came out, it was Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

Okunade said she had never heard of the country before she embarked on the trip.

“I worked in like four houses in Iraq,” 
she said. “They want to rape someone. They wanted to be touching my breasts; the work was too much; that is why I had to come back.”

Okunade said she worked in two houses on the first eight days of her arrival.

“I worked in one house for three days. I worked in the second house for five days,”
 she recalled. “In the first house, the woman just gave birth, and I didn’t know how to take care of a baby.

“In the second house, I shouted at the son; he was trying to bring down the television. The Madame decided that she didn’t want me.”

Nigeria does not have any diplomatic representation in Iraq, so Okunade decided to return to Nigeria after enduring working in a third house, where she said sexual passes were made at her.

Okunade said she ran to the police, who returned her to the job placement office.

“I stayed in the office for three months. They beat me and broke my phone. It was the $300 I made from the first house where I worked that I used to eat,” 
she said.

In the fourth house where she worked as a maid, she said she endured molestation.

“I had to record the Madame’s son trying to rape me for him to leave me alone,” Okunade said. “When I told them I was too tired to work, and I wanted to go home, they beat me and seized my phone.”

She eventually established a connection with Hopes Haven Foundation, an NGO that tracks and rescues trafficked women.

Okunade said all the money she had earned in the last three months of work was used to pay for her return ticket to Nigeria.

“I came back with nothing,” she said. The N250,000 I paid my mother’s brother, we borrowed it. My mom is sick, and there’s no money, I did not give her anything.”

The 20-year old who spent eight months in Iraq said she did not complete her secondary school education.

She said she traded second-hand clothes before her ill-fated search for a better life in Iraq.

According to Hopes Haven, there are 12 more women on their database in Iraq.

The foundation estimated that there could be many more as traffickers have been placing adverts for work in Baghdad and there are persons who search for vulnerable victims to take the bait.

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Boko Haram: N2.2bn Spent On Prayers In Nigeria And Saudi Arabia – EFCC



An EFCC investigating officer, Mr Adariko Michael, on Tuesday alleged that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country.

Michael was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan in the alleged two billion dollars arms deal fraud.

Others charged with Dasuki are a former General Manager with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aminu Baba-kusa, Acacia Holdings Limited and Reliance Referral Hospital Limited.

The EFCC charged them with 32 counts bordering on misappropriation, criminal breach of trust, dishonest release and receiving various sums of money before Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf.

Led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs SAN, Micheal said N750million was allegedly transferred from the ONSA special account to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account with First Bank.

He added that N650million was also transferred to Acacia Holding Limited’s account with EcoBank, while another N600million and N200million were transfered to the company’s account with UBA.

“Between Sept. 27, 2013 and April 16, 2015, N50 million was credited to Reliance Referral Hospital’s account.

“Based on responses from the banks involved, as investigating officer, we found out that money was transferred to several individuals and companies.

“When we went through the account statement, we asked the second defendant (Aminu Babakusa) the reason for this.

“He informed us that the money was used to hire Clerics to pray for the nation as regards Boko Haram crisis.

“When we asked him to provide the names, contacts and phone numbers of the clerics he hired to pray for the nation, he mentioned only two,” he said.

After listening to the testimony,

Justice Baba-Yusuf, adjourned the matter until Nov. 11 for continuation of hearing.


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Comedian Mr Macaroni Bags Future Awards’ Nomination



Mr Macaroni

Nigerian Comedian, Mr Macaroni

Popular comedian, Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni has earned a nomination at the 2020 Future Awards Africa in the category of Content Creation.

The social media comedian has been nominated alongside Apaokagi Maryam popularly known as Taaooma, Tomike Adeoye, Babatunde Sanni for ‘Ikorodu Boys’, Dimma Umeh, Salem King Abraham, and Winifred Emmanuel.

Read Also: ‘Small Businesses Need Support’ – Mr Macaroni

Taking to Twitter to acknowledge the nomination, Mr Macaroni writes:

“Honored to be nominated alongside these incredible Talents. I am humbled by the fact that we have millions of Nigerian Youths who can achieve greater heights if our environment is safer and enabling. This is why we clamor for a Better Nigeria! Thank you @TFAAfrica @IamYAfrica”

See his Twitter post below:

The comedian’s post

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Governor Obaseki Picks Trash As He Joins Edo Youths To Cleanup The State



Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki has joined Edo youths to clean up the state.

The Governor and his Deputy, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu, was seen picking up trash from the floor and clearing waterways as part of the flag-off of Cleanup Edo, a program aimed at cleaning up the state.

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