NAPTIP secures conviction of two alleged human traffickers

The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has secured a conviction against two human traffickers before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

NAPTIP arraigned the convict traffickers, Alatise Samuel and Olusegun Ologbe before the court sometimes in 2017 on charges bordering on conspiracy, promoting prostitution and attempted to facilitate the entry of Okeda Mercy knowns as Alatise Bola into France for prostitution.

They were said to have committed the offences with a man called Billion, who is said to be at large.

The offences according to the prosecutor, Becky Dibo, are contrary to 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act. 2015 and punishable under Section 25 (2), to 29 and 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act. 2015.

The convicts had pleaded not guilty to the charge upon arraignment, and they were admitted to bail in various terms.

During the convicts’ trial, the prosecutor had told the court how they procured Okeda Mercy, also known as Alatise Bola, whom they attempted to traffic to France, for the purpose of engaging her in prostitution.

She had also called two witnesses, the victim of the crime, Okeda Mercy and the arresting officer who also doubled as the Investigation Officer who testified against the convicts’ while also tendered several documents which were admitted by the court. While the convicts were the only ones that testified in their defence.

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