Court of Nigeria
has upheld the conviction
of a human trafficker, Serah
Ekundayo Ezekiel, who had
earlier been sentenced to
seven years imprisonment for
trafficking in persons.
According to press statement
obtained from National
Agency for the Prohibition of
Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP,
the judgment brings to an end
the legal battle which started in
2011 in Ikeja, Lagos.
It said in a unanimous decision
on Friday, the five Justices of
the Supreme Court of Nigeria
who sat on the matter upheld
the judgment of the Court of
Appeal, Lagos Division.
In his lead Judgment, Justice
C.C Nwaeze found no merit
in the appeal and therefore,
dismissed it.
The trafficker was dragged
to the Federal High Court,
Ikeja, Lagos on November 18,
2011 by the NAPTIP on behalf
of the Hon. Attorney-General
of the Federation on an 18
Counts charge, all bothering on
offences of trafficking in persons
contrary to various sections
of the Trafficking in Persons
(Prohibition) Law Enforcement
and Administration Act, 2003
(as amended)
Ezekiel, who was 29 year old
as at the time of committing the
offence in July 2011 procured
four females, aged 17, 19, 20 and
21 years from various parts of
Lagos State and took them to
Mali where they were used as
The statement said on
arraignment, she pleaded
guilty to all the counts and
was subsequently found guilty,
convicted on all the 18 counts
and sentenced.
Aggrieved by her conviction
and sentence, Ezekiel
approached the Court of
Appeal, Lagos Division which
affirmed the trial Court’s
Still not satisfied, she
approached the Apex Court
which has dismissed the appeal
for lack of merit.
Reacting to the Supreme
Court judgment, Acting
Director-General of NAPTIP,
Mr. Abdulrazak Dangiri
expressed satisfaction with the
outcome of the appeal.
It revealed that the Supreme
Court judgment brings to two
the appeals decided by the Apex
Court in the last two weeks on
human trafficking.
The Court a fortnight ago
in a judgment read by Hon.
Justice Mary Odili dismissed a
similar appeal brought against
the Agency by a convicted
trafficker, Martina Opara who
was sentenced to 14 year imprisonment