Appeal Court upholds 4-year jail term for human trafficker


Jethro Ibileke/Benin

The Court of Appeal in Benin, on Monday upheld the judgement of a Benin City High Court, which sentenced one Joy Raji, to four years imprisonment for her involvement in human trafficking.

The appellant was earlier sentenced by Justice Alero Edodo-Eruaga of Edo State High Court on a 3-count-charge bothering on deceitful inducement, requiring a person to be used for forced labour and slave dealing.

The offense is contrary to Sections 19b, 22(1)(a) and 24(a) respectively, of the NATIP Act 2003(as amended).

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Not satisfied with the judgement of the lower Court, the appellant approached the appellate court to upturn her sentence.

But, delivering judgement on the Appeal No. CA/B/460C, Justice H. N. Ogunwunmiju, upheld the judgement of the lower court.

He thereafter dismissed the appeal for lack of merit.

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