– A suspect of human trafficking, identified as Blessing Akwaram, has been arrested and arraigned in a magistrate court at Yaba for attempting to use one Aminat Akinbode (18 years old) for prostitution
– The chief magistrate, O.G. Oghere granted Akwaram a bail of N2 million
– The case has been adjourned to Wednesday, June 13
A Yaba chief magistrates’ court in Lagos on Monday, April 30, granted N2 million bail to a 30-year-old woman charged with trafficking in a teenager for the purpose of prostitution.
The chief magistrate, O.G. Oghere, also ruled that the accused, Blessing Akwaram, should provide two sureties in like sum. Oghere said that the sureties should show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Akwaram is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, child abduction and child abuse to which she, however, pleaded not guilty.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sergeant Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the accused committed the offences at 1.00 pm on Monday, April 2 at Seme.
Olaluwoye said that the accused conspired with others still at large and trafficked in 18-year-old Miss Aminat Akinbode for the purpose of prostitution He said that the accused took away the teenager with the intent to use her as a prostitute.
Olaluwoye said she was able to escape and alert the police at Seme border. The prosecutor noted that offences contravened Section 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2015, and Sections 24 and 26 of the Child’s Right Law of Lagos state, 2007.
Oghere ordered that the case file should be sent to the state director of public prosecutions for advice. She adjourned the case until Wednesday, June 13 for mention.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) had arrested two persons among those repatriated to Nigeria from Libya.
Julie Okah-Donli who is the director-general of the agency explained on Thursday, January 11, that the duo were under investigation and that one of them had been transferred to NAPTIP’s Lagos zonal command for questioning.
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