The fight against human trafficking in Nigeria has recorded another victory as the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto, Sokoto State sentenced 25 year old man, Samaila Jelani to 4 years imprisonment for human trafficking.
The offender was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on a two – count charge of sexually exploiting an underage girl and harbouring the said underage girl in his friend’s house with intent to further exploit her sexually. Both acts contravene sections 16(1) and 15 (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration (TIPPEA) Act, 2015.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Saleh Idrissa, having listened to evidence presented by both prosecuting and defense teams, found the accused guilty of procuring an underage girl for sexual exploitation, and subsequently sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment without the option of fine. The second charge was however struck out by the Judge.
Reacting to news of the conviction, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli applauded the tenacity of the investigators and prosecutors who worked on the case, as well as the Judiciary for ensuring that justice is served.
She further warned offenders to desist from such acts as the Agency will do all within its power to arrest, prosecute them and implement the provisions of the TIPPEA Act in accordance with its mandates.
Nneka I. Aniagoh
For: Head, Press and Public Relations Unit
April 16, 2018