Friday 26 January 2024

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Two Osun Women in Court for Luring 20-year-old girl to Libya

Two women who are residents of Osogbo, Osun State, Akinniyi Temitope (41) and Abiodun Oluwakemi (31), were on Thursday, arraigned before a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo for offences bothering on human trafficking.

The women were dragged before the court by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).


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According to the charge sheet, the women conspired and procured a 20-year-old Kehinde Opeyemi, a resident of Osogbo and moved her to Libya for exploitative labour.

The offence was committed in November 2023 within the Osogbo metropolis.

The charge sheet signed by the prosecuting counsel, Jude Ajaegbu and Umar Hammanjuda, on behalf of the complainant, partly read, “That you, Abiodun Babalola Oluwakemi, ‘F’, 31years, sometime in November 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired with one Akinniyi Temitope Latifat, ‘F’, 41years, in procuring and recruiting one Kehinde Mariam Opeyemi, ‘F’, 20 years, for exploitative labour to Libya.

“That you, Akinniyi Temitope Latifa, (41), facilitated the illegal entry of one Kehinde Mariam to Libya for forced labour.”

The offences committed were said to be contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015, as well as, Section 27 of Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.

The acts by the defendants were said to be punishable under Section 13(2)(c) of the Act.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty after the charge sheets had been read to them.

The defence counsel, Taiwo Awokunle, while addressing the court, moved a formal bail application for his clients, urging the judge to admit them to bail in liberal terms.

Ruling on the application, Justice Mashkur Salisu admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties in like sum.

The judge subsequently adjourned the matter to February 12, for hearing.

Kazeem Badmus is a graduate of Mass Communication with years of experience. A professional in journalism and media writing, Kazeem prioritses accuracy and factual reportage of issues. He is also a dexterous finder of the truth with conscious delivery of unbiased and development oriented stories.

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