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NAPTIP Secures 30 Years Imprisonment for a Trafficker

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, has secured the conviction of a human trafficker, Nneka Ebelechukwu a.k.a Ada at a Federal High Court of Nigeria in Abuja and was sentenced to thirty years imprisonment.
 
The convict, Nneka Ebelechukwu, a 30 year old female from Idemili Local government Area of Anambra state was sentenced to an aggregate of 30 years imprisonment on the 20th of October, 2014 for organizing foreign trips for young girls and subsequently subjecting them to prostitution which is an offence punishable under section 16 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003, as Amended.
 
The accused was charged on a three count of organizing foreign travels which promotes prostitution and the case was arraigned in court on the 9th of June, 2013. According to the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, the prison term of 30 years is to run concurrently without any option of fine.
 
Delivering the judgment, Justice Adeniyi Ademola condemned the act in strict terms and also called on parents to desist from handing their children to human traffickers for greener pastures and actually consider offers to assist, with a pinch of salt.
 
The Executive Secretary, NAPTIP, Mrs. Beatrice Jedy-Agba in her reaction said she was satisfied with the conviction and said the punishment was commensurate with the offence. She said the Agency has continuously advocated for stiffer penalties for offenders of human trafficking as this will deter intending human traffickers from embarking on such crimes. Speaking further, she said the Agency will continue to boost its prosecution processes and will not relent in its efforts of stamping out human trafficking from Nigeria. This conviction brings the total number of successful convictions to two hundred and forty eight.