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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

A Federal High court sitting in Minna, Niger State, Tuesday sentenced one Glory Abang to 2 years imprisonment for engaging a 12 year old child in activities that were exploitative, injurious or hazardous to her physical, social and psychological development.

Mrs Abang, mother of three, residing at Chief Palace, Goram, Niger State was arrested by officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in July 2015. She took her half sister from Akwa Ibom State to Niger State under the pretext of sending her to school but engaged her in activities that were exploitative, including sleeping in a Poultry facility at her residence which is exploitative and hazardous to the child’s psychological development. The child was also not enrolled in school as promised.

When the lady was arraigned on Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to the one count charge but pleaded for leniency.

Delivering his judgment Hon. Justice .Y. Bogoro convicted Mrs Abang and sentenced her to 2 years imprisonment She was sentenced under section 23(1) (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 which says:

“Any person who employs, requires, recruits, transports, harbours, receives or hires out a child to do any work that is exploitative, injurious or hazardous to the physical, social and psychological development of the child, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a minimum term of 2 years but not exceeding 7 years without an option of fine”.

In his reaction, the Acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri applauded the Judge for the urgent attention given to the case and appealed to the Judiciary to ensure speedy trial of human trafficking cases.

Hajara Lami Shehu

For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

28th September, 2016