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Zanzibar hotel responds to allegations of sexual assault and harassment of Nigerian guest

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Zainab Oladehinde says she visited Zanzibar on April 15, 2021. [Source: Zainab Oladehinde, Twitter]

Zanzibar-based Warere Beach Hotel responded to allegations of sexual assault by a Nigerian woman on Saturday April 16 at around 1pm on Twitter.

Zainab Oladehinde used the microblogging app and shared her experience a year ago when she traveled to Zanzibar for a holiday on her birthday.

In a Facebook post on Sunday morning, the Warere Beach Hotel said the matter had been reported to the relevant authorities who described the matter as personal, not negligence by the hotel.

“We did our best to support Ms Zainab Oladehinde as soon as we learned of the charges. We immediately took her to the police and offered our support,” Hotel Warere posted on Facebook.

The hotel also blamed aggrieved guest Zainab for refusing to pursue the case after pursuing many avenues in her quest for justice.

“Ms. Zainab declined to pursue the case. Ms. Zainab Oladehinde has been advised that the hotel will respect any damages awarded by the Zanzibar court system,” the hotel added.

The hotel says it is ready to pay the compensation awarded to Zainab by the courts.

Additionally, hotel management claims it was hacked on Saturday, adding that it received more than 4,000 negative reviews in three hours from people it says have never stayed at their hotel. establishment.

There was an uproar on social media for most of the weekend following the Nigerian woman’s allegations of sexual assault while on vacation in April 2021.

An excerpt from Zainab’s Twitter thread. [Source: screengrab, Twitter]

In her narration, Zainab traveled alone from Lagos, Nigeria to Zanzibar, Tanzania on April 15, 2021, on her 23rd birthday.rd birthday.

She alleges that while sleeping naked at night (likely due to the hot weather on the East African coast), she felt a man touch her.

She says they struggled as the man tried to force his way with her before convincing him to go and bring a condom. He accepted.

“So I kept begging him and telling him that I would allow him to have sex with me but that he would have to get a condom so he wouldn’t get HIV. I saw he was reacting to the word ‘HIV’ so I kept saying HIV while crying profusely at this point,” Zainab tweeted.

Then continued: “As I was struggling not to let him choke me, he left the room and told me he would be back with a condom. Immediately he left, I turned on the light, I tried to call the reception of the hotel but to my surprise there was no intercom or telephone lines to reach the reception of the hotel. hotel by room.

She adds that once he left, she snuck out, barefoot, on tiptoe so as not to be noticed. She sought refuge with a Russian couple she had met earlier.

The next morning, she returned to her room and found her $1100 cash missing from her purse. She adds that she reported the police who merely harassed and intimidated her instead of helping her.

This morning, a statement from the Zanzibar Tourism Commission shared on the official Visit Tanzania Twitter page, expressed disappointment at the allegations.

In the statement, Hafsa Mbaba condemned the act saying that investigations into the allegations had begun.

“This is a regrettable incident that we are following closely,” the commission said.

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