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30 Females Victims of Human Trafficking: Court Reserves Day for Sentence

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Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ordered the remand of 28-year-old man, Abubakar Suleiman, in the custody of National Agency for the Prohibition
In Persons (NAPTIP) until March 25 for sentence.

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), charged Suleiman to court with one count charge bordering on trafficking in persons.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel Abdullahi Babale told the court that Abubakar was allegedly trafficked 30 female to Libya.

Babale explained to the court that the defendant was on Feb.10, conspired with one Salele (a Nigerien National) who is now at large and transferred 30 victims of human trafficking from Kano to Niger Republic through Babura border in Jigawa State enroute to Libiya.

“The defendants after receiving payment of N50,000 per person from the sponsors in Libya and Niger Republic, in the process paid each victim N45,000 and deducted the sum of N5,000 each as commission”

According to the prosecution the offence, contravened the provisions of Section 13(2)(c) of the Trafficking in Persons(Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.

The defendant, however pleaded guilty to the charge.

Babale tendered the defendant confessional statement and one of the victims statement as exhibit and urged the court to convict the defendant according to section 356 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015.

Counsel to the defendant, Barrister M B Isa, pleaded for leniency on behalf of his client noted that he was a first time offender.

“The defendant is married with five children and urged the court to temper justice with mercy according to section 416 (2) of ACJA 2015”.
justicewatchnews.com learnt that the victims are indigenes of Edo and Lagos States respectively.

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Police In Kaduna Warns Protesters Against Violating Due Process

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Kaduna State Commission of Police Umar Muri has warned all Interest Groups who want to protest in the state to consider following due process and avoid incessant high blockade, stressing that violators will be treated according to the extant statutory laws of the land.

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In a statement by the command’s public relations officer ASP Muhammad Jalige said the command acknowledged the flight of various communities affected by banditry and kidnapping

” The Command is using this medium to state that it is becoming very worrisome to the Command and other sister security agencies, the incessant blockade of the State’s connecting highways by various interest groups in the name of protest without vobserving due process,”NLC Sues For Security Agencies Intervention On El-Rufa’i’s Fresh Threat

” The Command is not unmindful of the security challenges faced by various communities in the State that is occasioned by risen cases of armed banditry and kidnapping which the top management and government are doing everything possible to restore normalcy to the affected areas. It is therefore necessary to be in the same page with all stakeholders and affected communities to ensure that the enemies of the State are defeated rather than working unilaterally by opposing one another, since particular challenges cannot be adequately tackled by creating additional challenge.” The statement stated,

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The statement said the Command is however, perturbed with the recent activities of some communities engaging in protest and the untoward blocking of highways with its attendant troubles for innocent commuters. emphasizing that such trend will not be tolerated and the acts will be viewed seriously according to extant laws of the land.

It added that the Command is working round the clock to ensure that normalcy is restored and would not fold it hands to be distracted in as much as protest cannot be seen as the solution to the current situation.

” The Command is therefore advising all interest groups and communities to always go through appropriate channel with their grievances as the Command’s door is always open to complaints and other security related issues from all quarters whereas insecurity is localized and the best approach to tackling it is by Police community engagement.

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Ensure Decorum, Civility in Your Engagement with Road Users, NUJ Urges Traffic Enforcement Agencies

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kano State Council has urged officials of Traffic police, KAROTA, Federal Road Safety Corp to ensure decorum and civility in their engagement with road users.

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This was contained in a Communique jointly signed by Council Chairman Comrade Abbas Ibrahim and Secretary Comrade Abba Murtala respectively and issued to journalists at the end of Council’s periodic congress held at the press center kano

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In the congress the union also called on security agencies to intensify efforts in bringing to an end the lingering problems of phone snatching and other criminality.

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The congress enjoined relevant state government agencies to take necessary action against individuals and organizations involved in hiking prices of food items, calling on related authorities to redouble efforts in the fight against the sales of expired, sub-standard and poisonous food/beverages in the state.

The congress advised farmers to focus their attention on food crops production as against that of cash crops production with a view to ensuring availability of food.

The NUJ appreciates the state government for redeploying professional teachers to public schools, calling on the government to pay more attention to schools in the rural areas.

The congress called on the Kano emirate council to intervene by stopping the unnecessary horse riding (KILISA) that constitute threat to the society.

The congress also appealed to members of pen pushing profession to always work within the boundaries of the profession for better service delivery.

In the communique the congress condoles with Maryam Yakasai over the death of her mother.

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Kebbi Kidnap: Vehicle Used by Bandits belonged to High Court Judge – Police

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The Kebbi State Police Command has dispelled reports that the vehicle used by bandits to convey abducted teachers and students of the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, Ngaski LGA, is a police van.

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The police, in a statement made available to Journalists on Friday by spokesman Nafi’u Abubakar, said the vehicle belonged to a Kebbi State High Court judge.

Bandits in police uniform on Thursday, stormed the school in a Hilux van, shot dead a police officer, abducted five teachers (four male and one female) and an undisclosed number of female students from the school’s female hostel with one student hospitalised following a gunshot wound.

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However, clearing the air about the said van, the police in the statement said: “The white Hilux van with registration No. KBSJ 29, belonging to a High Court Judge, with inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by the bandits along Birnin Yauri road, was the one used in perpetrating the dastardly act and not the police vehicle as stated by some media stations.”

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The spokesman who also confirmed the abduction further disclosed that “we have deployed our men to guard the school to avoid an invasion.

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