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A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State has sentenced one Ebunoluwa Bankole, 59 years old woman to 30 years imprisonment. She is also to pay a fine of N1, 000,000.00 (one million naira) only for the procurement and exportation of young Nigerian Women to Libya for Prostitution.

Bankole, who was convicted on a six count charge for offences that contravene sections 13 (4b), 14(b) and 18 of the Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, bagged five years for each count. The sentence would however, run concurrently.

She was arrested and investigated by officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) following a petition dated 26th January, 2016 from a group of Solicitors and Advocates of Human Right, on suspected human trafficking activities being carried out by her, her daughter Lateefat Sanni and son-in-law Muritala Sanni, who are both still at large.

The said petition followed a report to the solicitors by two of the convict’s victims, who approached the solicitors for assistance in finding the whereabouts of their daughters having not heard from them for two weeks.

The petition reported that Bankole’s daughter and son-in-law who are based in Libya usually collected money ranging from the sum of N500, 000 to N1.5 million from their victims with promises of taking them to countries from where they could easily secure visas to either the United Kingdom or United States of America.

Following Ebunoluwa’s conviction, NAPTIP has been charged not to relent in its efforts to arrest Lateefat Sanni and her husband Muritala Sanni who are reportedly still holding and exploiting Nigerian girls in Libya.

Meanwhile, prior to Bankole’s conviction, NAPTIP had secured the conviction of one Mojisola Olonade and Segun Taiwo Sholabi for obstructing NAPTIP officers while effecting the arrest of Lateefat Sanni who had sneaked into the country. The obstruction, which led to the escape of the suspect is an offence contrary to section 32(2b) of the Trafficking In Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015. They were sentenced to one year imprisonment each or a fine of N100,000 each.

Reacting to this development, the Acting Director-General, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri stated that the Agency will not rest on its oars in bringing all traffickers to justice.

Mojisola Olonade

Segun Taiwo Sholabi

Hajara Tunde-Osho

For: Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

September 28, 2016

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