44-year-old Abubakar Umar (Abuja) and Rukkayya Isa (Nana), have been handed a one year jail sentence each and a fine of one hundred thousand naira each for human trafficking, by a Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto.
According to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Abubakar Umar, an indigenous citizen of Sokoto State, and Rukkayya Isa, from Zugu in Republic of Benin assisted and facilitated the activities of persons engaged in the acts of human trafficking from Republic of Benin to Sokoto, an action which contravenes section 13 (4)(C) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administrations Act, 2015.
Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Rilwan Muhammad Aikawa who found the human trafficking suspects guilty of the said crime, subsequently sentenced each of them to one year imprisonment and one hundred thousand naira fine, effective immediately.
Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Barrister Julie Okah-Donli, who stressed the need for members of the public to know that it is an offence to assist or be involved in anyway whatsoever in human trafficking-related activities, also expressed her satisfaction with the judgment, which brings the total convictions secured by the Agency since inception to 34.
She further reiterated the Agency’s resolve to stamp out human trafficking in Nigeria, and warned detractors to desist from such acts.
This is coming few days after the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto State , also sentenced a 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.