Twelve (12) People have been Sentenced to Three Months Imprisonment or to Pay Fifty thousand naira each by a Federal High Court seating in Katsina state.
Those Sentenced were among the Forty Two (42) that were repatriated to Nigeria by authorities in the Niger Republic after Immigrating illegally into the Country.
They were arraigned before the presiding Judge, Justice Hadiza Shagari of the Federal High Court in Katsina by the Nigerian Immigration Service Katsina state Command.
The Twelve Convicts said they are indigents of Enugu, Edo, Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, Delta and Abia state respectively.
They were among the Forty-two suspected illegal Migrants repatriated back from Kongolam International Border Control Post by the Nigeria Immigration Service Katsina state Command.
The Twelve Persons pleaded guilty to evading immigration clearance while crossing Nigerian borders to another country through illegal routes.
The Prosecution Counsel tender documents before the Court including a letter from the Nigerien police force that was written in French language and dated on July 9th 2020, an International passport belonging to the 8th Defendant as well as voluntary statements made by all the 12 Defendants.
Both the Prosecution and the Defence Counsels led by Barrister Obilor Collins and Barrister Najib Abdullahi expressed satisfaction with the Court’s ruling, pointing out that the Convicts would have been Sentenced to ten years imprisonment with an option of two million naira fines.
The Nigerian Immigration Service in Katsina state added that the remaining 30 suspects repatriated will soon be arraigned in court upon completion of Investigation.