NAPTIP secures convictions of 23 human traffickers in 6 states

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP), says it secured the convictions of twenty-three persons charged with human trafficking and other related offences.

Statistics released on Friday by the Anti-trafficking Agency indicated from January 2021 to date 7 persons were convicted in Kano; 6 in Lagos; 5 in Sokoto; Abuja 2; Uyo 2 with Benin having only 1 conviction.

The latest of such convictions was in Sokoto State, where the agency said a High Court in the state convicted one Innocent Uzoamaka and 3 others with suit no. SS/65C/2020.

“The first to third defendants were charged for organizing foreign travel which promotes exploitation and punishable under section 18 TIPPEA 2015. They were sentenced to 2 years imprisonment or to pay a fine of 20,000 on counts 1-3, while the 4th defendant was sentenced to 1 year imprisonment or to pay a fine of 10,000 on counts 4 on assisting and facilitating the activities of persons engaged in trafficking punishable under section 13(4)(c) TIPPEA 2015”.

NAPTIP said convictions secured were in efforts to end human trafficking in Nigeria.

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