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A federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo state on Monday, September 26 2016 sentenced 37 years old Mr. Idowu Folorunso and his 35 years old wife Mrs. Titilayo Folorunso to 14 years imprisonment each with hard labour for procurement and facilitating the trafficking of woman to Libya for prostitution. The victim (name withheld) was Mrs. Folorunso’s friend.

The couple who were arrested in Ibadan on January 12, 2016 by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) following the receipt of a petition of suspected case of trafficking alongside the complaints of the victim, lured the victim, who was a Nursery School teacher in a private school, with the promise of a teaching job outside the country.

The victim, who was a nursing mother at the point of recruitment in May 2014, reported that the convicted couple had deceived her into traveling with the promise of getting a good job in Cairo, Egypt. She was to be helped by the couple’s sister to secure a job. Investigations however, revealed that the victim was rather taken to Tripoli, Libya where she was forced into prostitution and all the money she earned were collected by a third party who is still at large.

Delivering judgment on the case, Justice Joyce Abbdulmalik convicted the couple for procurement and for facilitation of foreign travels which promote prostitution. Both offences contravened sections 15 (a) and 16 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 (as amended 2005). They were therefore, sentenced to seven (7) years on each of the two Counts with hard labour. The sentence will however, run concurrently.

Reacting to this convicting, the Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri commended the Judge for a job well done and urged Nigerians to always be vigilant as traffickers might be those close to them.

Hajara Tunde-Osho

For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

September 28, 2016