Court re­mands 2 over hu­man traf­fick­ing

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

A Chief Mag­is­trate Court in Benin has re­manded one Ufor Papa Sa­muel (38) and Gift Lawrence (F) 26 in pri­son cus­tody over al­leged hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The sus­pects were ar­raigned on a two-count charge of hu­man traf­fick­ing pun­ish­able un­der sec­tions 13(4) d and 14(5) of the Traf­fick­ing in Per­sons (Pro­hi­bi­tion) En­force­ment and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act, 2015, re­spec­tively.

The Benin Zonal Com­man­der of the Na­tional Agency for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Traf­fick in Per­son (NAPTIP), Nduka Nwan­wenne, said this in a state­ment made avail­able to jour­nal­ists in Benin.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Ufor Papa Sa­muel, had ear­lier been granted ad­min­is­tra­tive bail for al­legedly traf­fick­ing two girls to Mali be­fore be­ing re­ar­rested for re­cruit­ing an­other girl for traf­fick­ing again.

The ac­cused per­sons pleaded not guilty while their coun­sel, J.O. Oderi and S.A. Osifo, re­spec­tively, urged the court to grant them bail.

The pre­sid­ing Chief Mag­is­trate C.E. Oghuma re­manded the ac­cused per­sons in pri­son and ad­journed the case to Septem­ber 15 for hear­ing.

Re­spond­ing, NATIP’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Julie OkahDonli, ad­vised traf­fick­ers to seek le­git­i­mate means of liveli­hood in their own in­ter­est, as the agency was poised to rid the coun­try of traf­fick­ers.

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