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A High Court of Oyo state, presided over by Honourable Justice M.A. Adegbola has sentenced a 41 year old woman, Victoria Oshi, to 5 years imprisonment for the procurement and sexual exploitation of three victims of human trafficking.

Operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in 2010 arrested Victoria Oshi alongside her accomplice, 75 year old Peter Idowu. They were arrested for the procurement and exploitation of two female teenagers and a 20 year old lady in two brothels 007 and Born Best Hotels located in Ogbomosho, Oyo state.

The victims were recruited from Enugu state with the promise of being employed as sales girls in Ogbomosho but were on arrival forced into prostitution.

Victoria Oshi was later arraigned in court by NAPTIP on a 9 count charge while Mr. Peter Idowu; owner of the 007 hotel, faced a 1 count charge, all under the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act of 2003 (as amended in 2005).

Following a trial that lasted over 6 years, Honourable Justice M.A. Adegbola on Wednesday, sentenced Victoria Oshi to 5 years imprisonment. The sentence will run from the day of judgment. The judge however, discharged Mr. Peter Idowu due to his age.

Josiah Emerole

Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

In an early morning operation this Tuesday, operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) from the Benin Zonal Command arrested a 45year old woman, Rhoda Omorogie A.K.A Mama Bobo for her involvement in the trafficking of young girls from Benin to Europe.

Mrs Rhoda Omorogie, a Nurse by profession and an indigene of Oredo Local Government of Edo State was arrested by the operatives of the Agency at 5am Tuesday, at her residence located at No. 65 Osayande street, off UpperSakpanba Road, Benin City.

Mrs Omorogie had been in hiding since Friday when one of her gang members, Monday Ugbo was arrested by NAPTIP operatives and also rescued 3 victims. Mrs Omorogie is at present cooling off in NAPTIP custody.

Preliminary reports say that Omorogie has over the years been involved in the recruitment of young women from Benin to other places including Europe. It was also gathered that she was connected to the recruitment of the three victims that were rescued in Benin at the weekend. Investigations are on-going.

While reacting to the arrest of the woman, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Oka-Donli said it was disheartening to see women involved in the disgusting trade in human beings. She however stressed the need for people to be more careful while dealing with traffickers.

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It will be recalled that the Agency at the weekend arrested a notorious trafficker, Monday Ugbo and rescued 3 victims from his residence located at number 72 Osayande Street, Upper Sakponba Road, Benin City, Edo State.

He was arrested in the process of receiving a registration fee of N50,000 he had demanded from a prospective victim and preparing to take the 3 victims to a River for oath taking.

Josiah Emerole

Head, Press and Public Relations, (NAPTIP)

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