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Sick Nigerian domestic help in Oman locked up, prevented from returning by employer


A Nigerian woman, Odufunke Esther, working as domestic help in Oman, has cried out for help after her employer refused to release her despite her worsening health condition.

According to SaharaReporters, Esther has been locked up in a room by her employer for about five days now.

Citing a video footage, the online medium reported that Esther said her stomach had swollen and her employer was unwilling to release her.

Before her plight got to this level, Funke said she had reached out to the Omani police, who promised to help her return to Nigeria as soon as international flights were allowed to resume operations.

She added that her boss had also agreed to release her when the airport was opened.

“I’ve been working for a year and three months but now I’m not feeling well, my stomach is aching me. Now it has swollen up,” Funke said in the video.

“My stomach swelled without me being pregnant. I have gone to the hospital, I’ve done tests and I’ve done a scan, they didn’t see anything there.”

Funke revealed that her life took a turn for the worse after she returned from the police station.

“I went to the police station to make a report and tell them I wanted to return home. They said ‘okay, the airport was not open’, that I should return to the family till when the airport was opened.

“When I returned, the family that I’m working for locked me up in the room that I sleep.

“They don’t allow me to go out, they don’t allow me to eat and they don’t allow me to drink water.

“Since they locked me up, I’ve been drinking water from the toilet.”

The mother of two appealed to Nigerians to save her and help her see her children again.

“Please people of Nigeria have mercy on me, don’t allow me to die here in the name of God.

“My employer’s wife decided to stop feeding me until I have strength to resume work. My stomach has been swollen for three months now,” she said.

Although international flights remain suspended in several countries across the world, the Nigerian Government has been able to arrange evacuation flights for many citizens stranded outside the country and willing to return home as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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SaharaReporters learnt that the money sent for Funke’s trip back to Nigeria had been forcefully held by her employer, who has continued to detain her unlawfully.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Tolulope Sadipe, said that over 80,000 Nigerians were working as domestic help or sex slaves across several parts of the globe with the majority of them in Mali, Oman and Lebanon.

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She added that the agents, who lure these unsuspecting women to such places, use the absence of bilateral labour agreements between Nigeria and these countries to sell trafficked women to persons, who subject them to undue hardship and dehumanising treatment.


Man, 27, drowns in Kano pond



A statement signed by Malam Saidu Mohammed, Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Fire Service, indicated that Salisu died Friday morning.

“We received a distress call from one Malam Shehu at about 8.22 a.m., that Salisu’s body was found floating in a pond.

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“On receiving the information, we quickly sent our rescue team to the scene at about 8.29 a.m.

“The team could only rescue the corpse which was taken to Sanusi General Hospital,” the statement said, adding that the cause of the death was being investigated.

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Obaseki celebrates Daisy Danjuma at 68



In a statement on Friday in Benin, Obaseki said Sen. Danjuma, who is a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had excelled exceedingly in numerous endeavors and continued to remain a shining inspiration for many in the state and beyond.

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“I congratulate Sen. Daisy Danjuma as she marks her 68th birthday.

“A worthy daughter and ambassador of the state, she has made an indelible impact in different spheres of life, championing developmental programs and ensuring credible representation of Edo people.

“As Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, she served the people creditably and continues to champion the development of the people and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

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“An amazon of no mean repute, we celebrate her resolve and commitment to development and pray that God grants her more fruitful years,” he prayed.

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Naked German man chases wild boar that stole his laptop (photos)



A German nudist was sunbathing naked at the Teufelssee in West Berlin when a wild boar picked up the yellow bag containing his laptop and the man gave chase.

The photographer who captured the drama, Adele Landauer, shared it on Facebook with the permission of the naked man.

In the photos, the naked man is seen chasing the boar and her two piglets while fellow sunbathers looked on in amusement.

“Nature strikes back,” wrote Adele Landauer, a personal coach, on Facebook. “I showed the man the photos, he laughed heartily and gave me permission to make them public.”

The man was sunbathing naked at the Teufelssee in West Berlin, a popular and perfectly legal practice in the German capital as part of what is known as FKK, or Freikörperkultur (free body culture).

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The wild boar had apparently spotted a pizza being eaten by other bathers so it seized a yellow bag containing the man’s laptop, probably believing it to contain food.

When the man noticed what was going on, he chased the animal into the undergrowth.

“Because the bag contained his laptop, he gave it his all, even though he was in his birthday suit,” explained Landauer.

The boar’s flight was slowed by a cardboard box in its path. The man clapped his hands and hit the ground with the stick, prompting the boar to drop the laptop and the man took his bag back.

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Another witness said:

“When he returned from the forest, everyone applauded him.”

Derek Ehlert, Berlin’s ombudsman for wild animals, told local media that such incidents had become increasingly common, and that foxes had also become regular visitors to Berlin’s lakeside resorts.

“We urge people not to panic in such a case,” he said. “We have so far had no injuries – the animals are quite used to humans.”

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