A 22-year old lady, Eunice Paul has urged Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos to assist her to recover her newly born baby, who was sold off by a human trafficking syndicate based in the state.
Eunice who is a secondary school certificate holder, made the appeal while testifying in the ongoing trial of four persons arraigned before the court by National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) over allegation of trafficking in persons.
The accused persons: Tina Anyanwu, popularly refer to as ‘Aunty Tina’, her husband, Charles Chigozie Anyanwu, one of their relatives, Chiamaka Sylvia Anyawu, and one Remigus Mbegbu were arraigned on a four count-charge of conspiracy, trafficking in persons, selling of newly born baby and buying of newly born babies by the agency.
NAPTIP had also accused them of selling off Eunice’s newly born baby and that of one Ukachi Ukamaka Cynthia, whom they lured into prostitution, under the pretence of running a Non-government-Organisation (NGO).
The offences according to NAPTIP are contrary to sections 27(a) and 21of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the 22 years old human trafficking victim, after explaining to court what transpired between her and the accused persons, when asked by the prosecutor what she wanted court to do for her, said “I want the court to help me recover my baby”.
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