Human Trafficking: S’Court okays seven-year jail term for woman

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has jailed a human trafficker, Sarah Ezekiel, seven years for trafficking four Nigerian girls to Mali.

The Supreme Court upheld a judgment, which had earlier been delivered at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, ending the prosecution which was filed by the National Agency for Prohibition in Trafficking in Persons and other related offences against Ezekiel in 2011.

NAPTIP’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, said in a statement on Monday that the acting Director-General of NAPTIP, Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri, had assured that more cases of human trafficking would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

He said, “Five justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who sat over the matter upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. In his lead Judgment, Justice C.C Nwaeze found no merit in the appeal and, therefore, dismissed it.

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“Sarah Ezekiel was dragged to the Federal High Court, Ikeja, Lagos, on November 18, 2011, by NAPTIP on 18 counts, all bordering on offences of trafficking in persons, contrary to various sections of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003.”

Source: The Punch