Human trafficking: Agency hails 12-year jail term for Benin socialite 

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Abuja.

Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), has lauded the sentencing of a Benin socialite, Felicia Osaigbovo, to 12 years’ imprisonment for human trafficking.

Waziri-Azi made the commendation in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

She attributed the victory to collaborative efforts of stakeholders.

Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo of a Benin High Court convicted Osaigbovo on a 24-count charge, on Tuesday.

The judge also imposed a fine of N24 million on the 62-year-old convict.

Osaigbovo was charged with recruitment and trafficking of 12 Nigerian girls to Belgium for sexual exploitation.

Waziri-Azi said that the sentence represented a significant punishment.

She thanked Belgium Police Authorities, Nigeria’s   Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom National Crime Agency under the Joint Border Task Force Initiative, and United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, for efforts in ensuring justice for the convict’s victims.

According to her, on assuming office in September 2021, she pledged to vigorously pursue high-profile human traffickers.

The NAPTIP boss said that Osaigbovo’s conviction showed NAPTIP’s determination to tackle human trafficking adequately.

“NAPTIP shall remain resolute in its mission to combat human trafficking and bring offenders to justice.

“The agency shall continue to work tirelessly to ensure a safer and better society,” she said. 

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