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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano today sentenced 5 persons to prison for committing various offences of human trafficking.

The Court presided over by Hon. Justice Saleh Idrissa sentenced them to different jail terms. The convicts are: Wasilu Umar (22yrs), Shafi’u Ali (29yrs), Kamaludden Ya’u (22yrs), Dalhatu Gambo (34yrs) and Nuhu Ahmad (25 yrs).

Wasilu Umar who was sentenced to 2 years in prison on each of the two Counts charge, was found guilty of inducing a 16 years old girl to go to a brothel in Sumaila Local Government of Kano State without the consent of her parents and forced her into illicit intercourse with himself and other men; and moving the same girl from Kano to a brothel in Abuja without the consent of her parents knowing that she will be forced into illicit intercourse or prostitution with himself and other men.

All these are contrary to and punishable under section 15(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

Shafi’u Ali was sentenced to 2 years in prison having been found guilty of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and converting his rented room into a brothel where he had sex with her; procured other men to have sex with her and at the same time collected the proceeds of the illegitimate act from her. This offence runs contrary to and punishable under section 16 (1) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) expresses its solidarity with victims of Child Labour scattered across the globe.

In a solidarity message to commemorate the 2016 World Day against Child Labour, the Acting Director-General of the NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri reiterated the commitment of the Agency in joining hands with other stakeholders around the world to end Child Labour.

Describing Child Labour as a sad development, Dangiri stated that Nigeria has a fair share in the several Millions of children victims of child labour, who are living in slave-like conditions across the globe, having been deceived and lured out of their homes by criminal gangs and greedy parents.

He explained that victims of child labour suffer varying degrees of misfortune, inhumane treatments, psychological and emotional harm, physical torture, socio-economic violence, sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices that undermine their natural development as human beings.

‘’Their worth and dignity are destroyed, their lives are made worthless and with no hope on sight”, he stated.

On the focus of this year’s activities which is ‘Child Labour and Supply Chain’, the NAPTIP Boss stressed the need for labour inspectors to be more diligent in their activities and to ensure that no child is found working in plantations, quarries, manufacturing firms and other places where children are placed under harmful situations.

He said ‘’the negligence of parents to their children and their greed which pushes the children out should no longer be tolerated in Nigeria. Children are gifts from God and parents are under obligation to take care of these children until they come of age. Unfortunately, many of our people now delight in making their children bread winners at very tender age while they feed fat on the sweat of those children. That is evil and must be stopped’’.

Urging Nigerians and people around the globe to show solidarity and support in preventing this horrible crime and human rights violation, he stated