A Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi has sentenced 18 year old Awua Mzehemen, male, and 40 year old Mbaikpeveyol Pius, female, to two years imprisonment each for human trafficking.
The suspects were arraigned by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), with the case number FHC/MKD/CR/25/18, for recruiting three young men aged between 20 and 21 years for exploitative labour.
The young men were deceitfully recruited by the first accused person under the guise of getting a job for them in a shop in Oyo state on a monthly salary.
However, upon reaching Oyo, the victims were forced to work in a farm belonging to the second accused and hired out to work in other people’s farms while the second accused collected their salaries.
Their attempts to escape the exploitative environment were thwarted by the accused persons twice, before they managed to alert the Nigerian Police, who subsequently got NAPTIP involved in the case.