A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has sentenced two men and one woman to jail for child trafficking.
The Convicts, 49-year old Emeka Christopher, from Anambra, Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, 30 years old Kenneth Anajemba, from Oyi Local Government of Anambra State, and 29 years old Esther David, from Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state, were arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on 28th of last month.
In a statement from NAPTIP, the first defendant, Emeka Christopher, was arrested by officers of the Nigerian Army at a check-point in Jos while on transit with a 5 years old girl from Anambra state.
Upon interrogation, he confessed that he bought the child from Mr Kenneth Anajemba and Esther David, who had earlier abducted the girl from her mother’s house in Bukuru area of Jos.
They were subsequently arraigned in court on a three-count charge under sections 21, 13 and 27 of NAPTIP Act.
The presiding Judge, Justice V M Agishi, having listened to the prosecuting and defence counsels, found the accused persons guilty and sentenced them accordingly.
The first defendant was sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of five hundred thousand naira, failure to pay the fine will attract additional 4years imprisonment.
The second and third accused persons were sentenced to two years imprisonment each, and a fine of one hundred thousand naira and Failure to pay fine will attract additional one-year imprisonment under the trafficking in persons act.
In her remarks, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, praised the collaborative efforts of the Nigerian Army for the referral, and the Judiciary for a speedy trial.
She urged parents to be cautious and wary of people who pose as friends and family members who might end up abducting their children.