Four Women Jailed After Engaging Minors To Beg In Enugu

9jatoday has been informed that four women arraigned before a Federal High Court in Enugu has been jailed on the charges of child trafficking.

According to the report which was made available on Wednesday, the court has sentenced four women to six months imprisonment each for allegedly engaging some minors to beg for alms for them.

Justice R.O Oghoghorie, sentenced Chinasa Ugwu, 28; Mary Effiong, 19; Grace Bright, 25 and Happiness Asuquo, 20.

The four women have, however, pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), charged Ugwu, Effiong, Bright and Asuquo with trafficking and child abuse.

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In Justice Oghoghories ruling, he gave the women an option to pay a fine of N10, 000 each for bail.

NAPTIP accused the women of employing the services of three minors to beg for alms begging and hired out and also hired out the babies for the same purpose.

The agency said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 23(1) of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Act 2015.

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The prosecution counsel, Mr Nnamdi Ezemagu, applied for the review of the facts of the case.

Reacting after the court ruling, Mrs Comfort Agboko, Enugu Zonal Commander, NAPTIP, showed her displease with the conviction of the women.

Agboko said that the matter was transferred to NAPTIP by the Enugu Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

She said that the NSCDC in July 2019 arrested Ugwu who was in possession of three infants on suspicion of child trafficking and abuse.

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Meanwhile, 9jatoday had reported in another news that Nigerian anti-graft agency (EFCC) has again made an arrest 89 yahoo boys in the capital city of Oyo State.

The arrest was made revealed in a statement released by EFCC, which noted that they made the arrest after a tip-off that the clubhouse is harbouring some notorious internet fraudsters.

According to the report, the anti-graft agency men from Ibadan zonal office have successfully made an arrest of 89 suspected yahoo-yahoo boys at a popular clubhouse, Club 360, in Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension, Ibadan.


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