A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has sentenced a 36-year-old Cameroonian, Hoth Simplice-Patrick, to 15 years in correctional facility without option of fine for human trafficking.
The convict, who lives at Sabon Gari Quarters Kano, was arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP) on three-count charge of human trafficking.
The trial judge, Justice Sa’adatu Ibrahim-Mark, said the court found the defendant guilty for human trafficking.
She sentenced the convict to five years in correctional facility each on the three count charge without option of fine, adding that the sentence shall start from the date of arrest.
Earlier, The Prosecution Counsel, Abdullahi Babale, told the court that NAPTIP in collaboration with Joint Border Task Force(JBTF) arrested the defendant sometimes in July 2020.
Babale said that the convict acting on behalf of his Principal Master one Mr Albany now at large on July 15, 2020 at his residence Kwakwachi Sabon Gari Quarters Kano, knowingly in order to to obtain financial benefit.
“The convict procured the illegal entry of two female and one male between the ages of 17 to 29-years-old, of Lagos State to Libya enroute Kano in which they are not permanent residents or citizens ”
Simplice-Patrick, however, pleaded guilty to the charges.
According to the prosecutor, the offence contravenes Section 26(1) of the trafficking in Persons(Prohibition) Act 2015.
The defence Counsel, Barrister, Murtala Isa, pleaded for leniency on behalf of his client as a first time offender.
Justice Mark said the sentence is to serve as deterrent to the convict and all other culprits engaged is human trafficking.