A 57 year old man, Shuaibu Salihu, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for trafficking nine underage children to Sudan by a Federal High Court in Damaturu, Yobe State.
Report has it the suspect, Salihu, who is a native of Farantama village in the Albasu Local Government Area of Kano State, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on two counts of procuring underage children for trafficking to Sudan.
The anti-trafficking agency on Monday revealed that the act was contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.
Further information into the case reveals that the suspect who is a trader was caught by officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Yobe State Command, in Damaturu in 2017, while he and the victims were trying to cross the Geidam/Niger Republic border.
And the suspect was handed over to NAPTIP for further investigation and prosecution.
Stella Nezan, the Head, Press and Public Relations, Justice Hamma Dashi, the judge, sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine.
“The suspect, a native of Farantama village in Kano State, was arraigned on two counts of procuring nine underage victims with the intention of taking them to Sudan for possible exploitation, an act contrary to Section 26 (2) of the Trafficking in Person (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.
“He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service and handed over to us for proper investigation and prosecution. Justice Hamma Dashi, having listened to the counsel and their witnesses, found the suspect guilty and sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine.”
Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of NAPTIP, warned traffickers to desist from illegal acts, as the agency had partnered other law enforcement agencies to tackle human trafficking in the country.