Court Sentences 2 Men To 21 Years Imprisonment For Human Trafficking

* Source : 123RF.com

 

Story By Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

 

A Federal High Court, Lagos presided over by Justice AbdulAzeez Anka today, convicted and sentenced two men, Alatise Oluwasanmi Samuel and Olusegun Richards Ologbe, to a total of 21 years imprisonment for human trafficking.

The two convicts, who were residents of number 6, (Isheri), Saviour Street, Isheri Idimu, and 11, Folawewo Street, Allen, Ikeja, Lagos, respectively, were slammed with the jail-term, after the trial judge pronounced them guilty of charges of conspiracy, promoting prostitution and attempting to facilitate the entry of Okeda Mercy (A.K.A Alatise Bola) into France for prostitution.

In convicting the two men, Justice Anka held that the prosecution has successfully proved the three counts charge against them beyond every reasonable doubt, adding that he has no doubt of the involvement of the convicts of the allegations made against them.

The judge however, dismissed all the defence put up by the convicts.
Consequently, Justice Anka sentenced the two men to five years in both counts one and three of the charge and seven years on count two.

The judge however held that the convicts’ jail-term shall run concurrently and to start from today.

The two convicts were dragged before the court sometimes in 2017, by NAPTIP on charges bordering on conspiracy, promoting prostitution and attempting to facilitate the entry of Okeda Mercy (A.K.A 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 section 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 told the court how they procure Okeda Mercy, also known as Alatise Bola, whom they attempted to traffic to France, for the purpose of engaging her in prostitution.

The prosecutor also called two witnesses, the victim of the crime, Okeda Mercy (A.K.A Alatise Bola) and the arresting officer who also doubled as the Investigation Officer (IO) who testified against the convicts’ also tendered several documents which were admitted by the court. While the convicts were the only ones that testified in their defence.

Count one of the charges against the Convicts Read; “that you Alatise Oluwasanmi Samuel, Male, 44 years ‘old, of No 6, (Isheri), Saviour street, Isheri Idimu, Lagos , Olusegun Richards Ologbe (A.K.A Sugar) Male, 47 years old, of No 11, Folawewo St Allen, Ikeja, Lagos and Billion (at large) on or abcut the month of October, 2016 at No 6, (Isheri), Saviour street, Isheri Idimu, Lagos within the jurisdiction of-the Federal-High Court engaged in fraudulent acts and attempted to facilitate the entry of Okeda Mercy (A.K.A Alatise Bola) into France where she is not a national or a permanent resident with intent to obtain financial benefits and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 29 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act. 2015 and punishable under Section 25 (2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act. 2015”

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