ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF RAPE AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA…..SAYS DG NAPTIP
A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Honourable Justice Babangida Hassan, has convicted and sentenced on a 23- year old man, Abubakar Abubakar, to life imprisonment for raping two minors aged 10 and 11 years old respectively.
The development came on the heel of the conviction and sentence of another 42 years old man, Muyeedeen Jamilu, said to be indigene of yansire Brigade, Nasarawa Local Government Area of kano State, for 5 years and Six months without option of fine by a Federal High Court sitting in Katsina presided over by Justice Hadiza Rabi’u Shagari.
The convict was charged to Court by operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of NAPTIP under Section 26(1) of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 as amended for obtaining financial benefits and procuring illegal entry of Eleven (11) girls from different States in Nigeria to Libya through Kongolama Boader in Katsina State.
The two landmark judgements which elicited wild jubilation within stakeholders and member of the Civil Society organization in the across the nation who have been in the forefront of the fight against human trafficking, rape and sexual violence in the Country, came barely one year after similar judgement was passed on a top Civil Servant in Abuja.
In the case of the life imprisonment, the convict was arraigned before the Court on 28th February 2019 by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) following a report by the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Capital Territory Command.
He was charged under Section (1) of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015.
Investigation revealed that the convicted rapist who is a waste collector was said to have ambushed the victims at a lonely spot at the Gwarimpa area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while they were gathering fire wood, overpowered them by the use of threat and violently raped them one after the other.
Reacting to the convictions, Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Imaan Sulaiman – Ibrahim lauded the judgment and expressed gratitude to the Judiciary for the speedy trial of the convict describing it as a judgment that is commensurable with the offence committed.
The NAPTIP boss also commended the Nigeria Police for referring the case promptly in line with the practice of inter – Agency collaboration.
Imaan Sulaiman – Ibrahim warned that the Agency shall no more tolerate any form human trafficking, Child abuse and sexual violence against any person in the Country.
She said, “This is a commendable judgment that will serve as deterrent to others rapist in the Country. Enough is enough of raping our children and our women. I have therefore directed that the name of this latest convict be inputted into the Sexual Offenders Register in line with the name and shame policy” she stated.
The Director General also called on Nigerian Youths to avail themselves of the numerous empowerment opportunities such as the NPower Scheme, offered by the present Administration in Nigeria and desist from embarking on such dangerous journey that may cause them their lives.
MUYEEDEEN JAMILU(SENTENCED TO 5YRS & 6 MONTHS)
Head, Press and Public Relations Unit