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A suspected human trafficker (name withheld) is now in the custody of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) after he was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos while attempting to facilitate the trafficking of a potential victim of trafficking in persons (PVOT) out of the country. The PVOT who is in her early twenties and hails from Edo State was however, rescued and being counselled by officials of the Agency

The arrest and rescue were done during a joint random profiling operations carried out at the MMIA between Wednesday and Thursday by NAPTIP-Joint Border Task Force (NAPTIP-JBTF) operatives, mentors and the United Kingdom border Police.

In the operations which lasted over 7 hours on the 2 days, targeted Airlines included Emirate heading to Dubai, Turkish Air heading to Istanbul, Egypt Air heading to Cairo; Ethiopian Airline heading to Addis Ababa; Qatar Ailine heading to Doha; Rwand Air heading to Kigali and another Emirate Air heading to Dubai.

During the operation, passengers were randomly profiled on the floor of the departure hall at the check-in counters. It was in one of such checks that the PVOT was intercepted on the Emirate Airline counter checking in to travel to Dubai while the suspect facilitating her movement was arrested

While the suspect is presently answering question from NAPTIP investigators at its facility in Lagos, the victim has been sent to the shelter for adequate care.

Responding to this operation, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli commended the operatives of the JBTF. She however, urged all international flight operators to imbibe all good practices in the fight against human traffickers. She however, promised to engage all Airline operators and tour operators to discuss their operation.

Josiah Emerole

Head, Press and Public Relations (NAPTIP)

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)