LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has arraigned one Kingsley Egharevbaat aka Kilo Ken, at the National Industrial Court in Benin, over alleged human trafficking.
The suspect was alleged to have impersonated the Nigerian Army and allegedly assisted in trafficking young girls to Libya for prostitution.
Operatives of the Nigerian Army nabbed the suspect and handed him over to NAPTIP for prosecution.
Kilo Ken was arraigned on two-count charge of allegedly assisting one Nifemi Afolabi, now at large, for organizing foreign travels for a victim of prostitution.
He was said to have assisted Nifemi, knowing that the victim would be forced into prostitution in Libya.
NAPTIP’s counsel, Mrs Oburoh Victoria Okanigbuan, said the offences were punishable under sections 18 and 14(b) of the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Enforcement and Administrative Act, 2015.
Oburoh revealed that the suspect committed the offences in Benin sometime in October 2019.
The suspect, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.
Presiding judge, Justice A. A. Adewemimo, ordered the suspects to continue with the administrative bail pending when his bail application is formally filed before the court.
He adjourned the case to 15 June for hearing.