- A human trafficker has been sentenced to four years in jail by a court in Yobe state
- The convict, Shuaibu Salihu, allegedly trafficked nine underage children to Sudan
The Federal High Court, Damaturu, Yobe state, has on Monday, May 7, sentenced a 57-year-old convicted human trafficker, Shuaibu Salihu, to four years in jail for reportedly transporting underage children to Sudan.
The Nation reports that Salihu was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on two counts of procuring underage children for trafficking to Sudan.
He was arrested by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Yobe state command, in Damaturu in 2017, while he and the children were trying to cross the Geidam/Niger Republic border.
The judge, Justice Hamma Dashi, sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine.
“The suspect, a native of Farantama village in Kano state, was arraigned on two counts of procuring nine underage victims with the intention of taking them to Sudan for possible exploitation, an act contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.
“He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service and handed over to us for proper investigation and prosecution. Justice Hamma Dashi, having listened to the counsel and their witnesses, found the suspect guilty and sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine," a release by the head, press and public relations, Stella Nezan read.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons on Friday, May 4, sealed up Amazonia Guest House at Dagri in Gwagwalada, FCT, and rescued 13 women suspected to be victims of human trafficking.
NAPTIP’s assistant director of intelligence, investigation and monitoring, Tina Ugwu told the press after the operation that that two suspects including the Manager of the lodge have been arrested.
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