Pastor bags 14 years imprisonment for human trafficking

National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, has secured another
conviction as a Nassarawa State High Court sitting in Guruku, Mararaba sentenced a 48 years
man, Pastor Bawa Madaki from Kaduna State, to 14 years imprisonment for child trafficking.
This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to Nigerian Pilot by Nneka I.
Aniagoh for: Head, Press and Public Relations Unit.
It stated that the accused was arraigned on a two-count charge of fraudulently procuring two
under-aged children (5 years and 7 years respectively) from their parents in Zanzo Kataf Local
Government Area of Kaduna State.

The accused subsequently sent one child to Lagos in an illegal adoption arrangement and the
other to Abuja as a domestic worker, thus depriving their parents of the lawful custody of the
children. This contravenes section 19 (e) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law
Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003 (as amended).
According to the statement, the case, which was filed on May 27, 2015, was transferred to
NAPTIP by the Nigerian Police who acted on a tip-off; Officers of the Agency thereafter moved
in and rescued the children. The trial commenced on June 23rd, 2015 and on Monday, March
26th 2018, the court found the accused guilty.
Delivering the judgment, the presiding Judge Hon. Justice Haruna A. Offor convicted the
accused person and thereafter sentenced him to fourteen years imprisonment without the
option of a fine.
Reacting to the judgment, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli praised the
tenacity of the prosecuting Officers and the Judiciary for ensuring that justice is served in this
Okah-Donli also used the opportunity to caution the public against illegal adoption and
engaging of under-aged children as domestic workers, whom she said are often maltreated and
abused by their employers.
She warned detractors to desist from such acts as the arm of the law will catch up with them if
they fail to do so.
The statement said, this brings the total amount of convictions secured by the Agency to 342
(three hundred and forty two).

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