Benue high court

Federal
High court sitting in Minna, Niger State, on Tuesday, September 27th,
sentenced one Glory Abang to 2 years imprisonment for engaging a 12 year
old child in activities that were exploitative, injurious or hazardous
to her physical, social and psychological development.

Mrs
Abang, mother of three, residing at Chief Palace, Goram, Niger State
was arrested by officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of
Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) in July 2015.
She took her half
sister from Akwa Ibom State to Niger State under the pretext of sending
her to school but engaged her in activities that were exploitative,
including sleeping in a Poultry facility at her residence which is
exploitative and hazardous to the child’s psychological development. The
child was also not enrolled in school as promised.

When the
suspect was arraigned on Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to the one count
charge but pleaded for leniency. Delivering his judgment Hon. Justice
.Y. Bogoro convicted Mrs Abang and sentenced her to 2 years imprisonment
She was sentenced under section 23(1) (b) of the Trafficking in Persons
(Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 which says:

“Any
person who employs, requires, recruits, transports, harbours, receives
or hires out a child to do any work that is exploitative, injurious or
hazardous to the physical, social and psychological development of the
child, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment
for a minimum term of 2 years but not exceeding 7 years without an
option of fine”.

In his reaction, the Acting Director-General of
NAPTIP, Alhaji Abdulrazak Dangiri applauded the Judge for the urgent
attention given to the case and appealed to the Judiciary to ensure
speedy trial of human trafficking cases.

Source: NAPTIP

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