57-year-old trader, Alhaji Ya’u Shuaibu Salihu, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for attempting to traffic nine underage girls to Sudan for exploitative reasons. Salihu was sentenced by a Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State.
The convict, a native of Farantama village in Albasu Local Government of Kano State, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on a two count charge 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.
NAPTIP Head, Press and Public Relations, Nneka Aniagoh, said Salihu, a farmer and a trader, was nabbed by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Yobe State Command, Damaturu, in 2017 while trying to cross the Geidam/ Niger border with the victims.
“He was transferred to NAPTIP for proper investigation and prosecution,” she added. Delivering judgement, Honourable Justice Hamma Isa Dashi found the suspect guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment on each count, making it a total of four years imprisonment without the option of fine.