Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court sitting on Tuesday Ibadan, sentenced a couple to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
A 37-year-old man identified as Idowu Folorunso, and his wife, Titilayo, were on Tuesday, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment (seven years each) without an option of fine, for human trafficking.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, said that the prosecution provided overwhelming 0ral, documentary and other substantial evidence against the couple.
“Therefore, Idowu and Titilayo are sentenced to seven years imprisonment each for count one, and seven years imprisonment for count two, without any option of fine and with hard labour. The sentences are, however, to run concurrently,” she said as the couple wept and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
The judge held that Idowu and Titilayo lied to one Miss Bidemi Adeshina that there were teaching opportunities for girls in Libya and that she should utilise them since she had National Certificate of Education.
The couple committed the crime on May 20, 2014, at Odo-Oba Elere, Ibadan, according to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters.
Idowu and Titilayo were arraigned on a two-count of unlawful procurement of person and organising foreign trip for the purpose of prostitution.
In her evidence earlier, Adeshina (a witness) said that Idowu and Titilayo lured her into prostitution in Libya where she became infected with HIV/AIDS, adding that the couple told her that three other girls would be joining her for the teaching job in Libya.
She said that she travelled from Ibadan through Kano, to Niger to Libya and found herself in a “prostitution joint”.
The witness said that within eight months, the Folorunsos made her to abort four pregnancies, adding that she contracted HIV/AIDS, and also said that the couple did not give her anything from the proceeds of her prostitution.
The offences contravened Sections 15 (a) (b) of the NAPTIP Act, 2004, and are equally punishable under the section.