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36-yr-old jailed for human trafficking

Yemisi Olusina

A human trafficker, Martins Chidiebere-Mephor was, on Friday, convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment, by a Federal High Court, in Lagos, for trafficking a 20-year-old lady to Libya.

The 36-year-old, Imo State-born convict, was convicted and given the jail term by Justice Sule Hassan, after pleading guilty to an amended charge of two counts.

He made a plea bargain arrangement with the prosecuting agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

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The convict was 34 years old when he was arrested and first arraigned before the court sometime in 2017, on a 10 count charge bordering on conspiracy and human trafficking.

However, sequel to the plea bargain arrangement he struck with the Prosecution, the charge was amended and reduced to two counts of human trafficking and he pleaded guilty to the charge on April 4, this year.

The judge convicted and equally sentenced him to three years imprisonment on each of the count without an option of fine, after going through the plea bargain agreement between the prosecution and the defence counsel.

Justice Sule ordered that the jail term be run concurrently and should commence from the day he was arrested.