Kemi Aweda, Osogbo
A 35-year-old trafficker, Adegbenro Adekola on Tuesday sentenced to seven months imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun State for selling a woman to an Arabian as a slave.
Upon arraignment, the prosecution for National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Mrs Caroline Zaruwa, informed the court that Adegbenre Adekela of old Osogbo International School Building Osogbo, Osun State on or about November 2017 recruited, exported and sold out one Awoyeju Oluwakemi Folayemi F 27 years old of Mbabi-Mbayo Road 7, Ile-Ife. Osun State, as a slave to one Isa Obeid Salem Amari in Saudi Arabia.
He added that Adekela organized the foreign travel of Awoyeju Oluwakemi Folayemi F 27 years old of Mbabi-Mbayo Road 7 Ile-Ife, Osun State, one Damilola Zainab F, one Tone Dasola ‘F and one Tosin F to Saudi Arabia for exploitative purposes.
Zaruwa noted that the offences are contrary to and punishable under section 24 and 18 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.
The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola held that the convict was guilty of the charge preferred against him saying the Awoyeju Oluwakemi Folayemi claimed that one year salary was paid to her after the intervention of police and remaining six months yet unpaid was proved by the prosecution.
Justice Ayoola held that the testimony given by Awoyeju Folayemi, that her passports and mobile phones were seized upon getting to Saudi Arabia and was sexually harassed, was not denied by the convict.
The Judge stated that it was proven that 600USD was collected by the convict for the transaction.
However, counsel to the convict, Biodun Olaide, urged the court to be lenient in sentencing his client, noting that he is a first time offender.
He informed the court that the convict have the license to operate but failure to read the Act against trafficking put him into trouble.
Justice Ayoola thereby sentenced Adekola to seven months imprisonment and payment of additional N100,000.
He noted that many people are not aware of the NAPTIP Act and ordered that the jail term should run concurrently.