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NAPTIP Secures Multiple Conviction Against Trafficking in Person’s Offender

These are certainly not good times for human trafficking offenders as the National Agency for the Prohibition of traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) has achieved successes in the prosecution of offenders in varying cases of human trafficking and related offences.
 
A 45 year old man, Magnus Iheanacho was sentenced yesterday, 27th March, 2014 to 2 years imprisonment, following his conviction by an Abuja Court for unlawful carnal knowledge of a 12 year old girl, an offence punishable under section 13(1) and 18 (b) of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act (TIPLEA) of 2003.
 
The accused person was found guilty of deceitfully taking a child from her parents with the guise of providing guardianship and sexually exploited the child. The presiding Judge, Justice P.O. Lifu sentenced the accused to 2 years imprisonment without option of fine on both counts which is also to run concurrently.
 
Similarly, the Agency secured a conviction on the 17th of March, 2014 for another case of sexual exploitation of a minor under section 13 (1) of TIPLEA Act of 2003. The accused, Aminu Nasiru was sentenced by a Judge of the Federal High court of Kano to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.
 
Other convictions secured were also presided in the same Federal High court in Kano which sentenced one Hassan Kabiru to 3 years imprisonment and another Isah Dahiru who got one year jail term as both sentences were without option of fine. Both convictions were on the 19th of March, 2014, for taking an 11 years old out of her lawful guardianship, an offence punishable under section 19(1) of TIP Act of 2003.
 
A case of domestic servitude also ended in the same court on the 24th of March, involving one Osavize Adanini who employed the services of an 11 years old girl as a domestic help outside her family environment. The accused was however sentenced to 2 years imprisonment or with an option of N20,000.00 fine.
 
NAPTIP’s Head of communication, Mr. Orakwue Arinze said the Agency has noted the high level of incidences of such cases of child exploitation but reiterated that these convictions will send a clear signal to other criminal minded people who engage in such degrading and dehumanizing crimes, as NAPTIP will continue to work towards seeking justice for trafficked victims.