2 Human Traffickers Jail 12 Years

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Two human traffickers, Terry Homuere-Smooth and Priscilla Bassey Effiong, were today, convicted and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for promoting prostitution, by a Federal High Court, Lagos.

The court presided over by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, convicted and sentenced the two human traffickers, after find them guilty to two counts charge made against them by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons(NAPTIP).
They convicts were first arraigned before the court sometimes in November 2015, on charges bordering on organising, promoting foreign prosecution and exporting one Chisom a.k.a. Gold to Dubai, the capital of United Arab Emirate (UAE).
The offences according to the prosecutor Sebol Langyi are contrary to and punishable under sections 18 and 14 (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act 2015.
During the convicts’ trial, the prosecutor  Langyi, had called two witnesses who include Chisom.
Chisom had told the court during trial that the convicts after taken her to Dubai forced her into prosecution, took her nude picture and asked to made an oath that she will pay them some amount to their agents in Dubai, otherwise, they will post her nude pictures online.
The victim also told the court that when she could not raise the money she was billed, the convicts posted her nude pictures as vowed. And it was when her nude pictures went viral that the NAPTIP was able to come into her case and the two convicts were apprehended.
But the convicts through their lawyers, Mrs. James Ezeomakorie and Mrs. Doyin Rhode-Vivours, have denied the allegations. And urged the court to discharge and acquit them of the offences.
However, delivering judgment on the charge today, Justice Oluremi said: “the prosecution has been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt against each of the defendants.
“Consequently, the two defendants are hereby convicted as charged”.
Upon the pronouncement of the court, lawyers to the convicts pleaded with the judge to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing them. The lawyers told the court that their clients are first time offender and had showed great remorse during their detention.
Upon this applications of the convicts’ counsels, Justice Oluremi said: “I have listened to the allocutus made by the counsels to the defendants. However, the minimum punishment for count one is seven years imprisonment with a fine of N1 million, while the minimum punishment for the second count is five years.
“In the light of above, I hereby sentence the first and second defendants to seven years imprisonment in count one with N1 million fine, and five years in count two.
“The term of the sentence are to run concurrently and without option of fine”.

The charge against the convicts read: “that you, Terry Homuere-Smooth, Female. 38 years Old, of 15A, Chief Augustine Anozie Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos state, Priscilla Bassey Effiong, Female, 33 years Old of 15, Okeme Street, Palia Grout Lagos, one Bella (at large), one Gloria(at large) on or about July 2015 at Ajah, Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court organized, facilitated foreign travel which promotes prostitution for Chisom (AKA Gold) Female to Dubai thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement And Administration Act, 2015, and Punishable under the same section of the Act. . . ‘

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COUNT 2: “That you Terry Homuere-Smooth, Female, 38 years Old, of 15A, Chief Augustine Amie Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos state, Priscilla Bassey Effiong, Female, 33 years Old of 15, Oke e Street, Palia Grout Lagos, one Bella (at large), and one Gloria (at large)on or about July, 2015 at Ajah, Lagos, within the Jurisdiction of the Federal High Court exported Chisom (A.k.a Gold) Female to Dubai knowing that she Will be Induced into sexual exploitation and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 14 (b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015, and Punishable under the same section of the Act”.

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