A High Court sitting in the Mararaba area, Nasarawa state has sentenced a Kaduna State-based pastor, Bawa Madaki, to 14 years imprisonment for trafficking two children, aged five and seven years old.
The convict was said to have sent one child to Lagos State in “an illegal adoption arrangement and the other to Abuja as a domestic worker, thus depriving their parents of the children.”
Madaki, 48, was arrested by the police in May 2015 and was subsequently handed over to operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other related matters.
The NAPTIP Head of Press and Public Relations, Josiah Emerole, said Madaki’s actions contravened Section 19 (e) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act.
The court found the accused guilty of the two counts of fraudulently procuring two underage children from their parents. He was sentenced without an option of fine in a judgment delivered by Justice Haruna Offor.
Emerole, after the judgment, said: “The Director-General, NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, has therefore cautioned the public against illegal adoption and engagement of underage children as domestic workers, who are often maltreated and abused by their employers.
“We warn detractors to desist from such acts as the long arm of the law will catch up with them if they fail to do so. This brings the convictions secured by NAPTIP to 342.”