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‘Engage In Child Trafficking, Abuse And Go To Jail’, Attorney-General Warns



Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Yinka Omorogbe, has disclosed that it is an offense laible on conviction to imprisonment of 7 years hiring any child under the ages of 12 as domestic worker.

She said it is also criminal offense and liable on conviction of imprisonment of 5 years and fine of N5 million recruiting or receiving any child or adult for force labour or even permitting any place or premises for such act.

Omorogbe, who is also head, Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking, gave these hints while parading two women, Mrs. Martina I. Oziegbe and Mrs. Idehen Esohe Grace, who were allegedly involved in child trafficking, abuse and modern slavery of teenagers.

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The accused duo, however, pleaded ignorance of the act, claiming that they never knew receiving a child for domestic work was an offense and liable on conviction.

The Attorney-General, while saying that the accused would be perdoned due to the fact that it was the Taskforce first outing of parading suspect, warned that culprit would be prosecuted and if find guilty would be convicted henceforth, stressing that the Taskforce is empowered by the law to investigate and prosecute anyone into trafficking in persons.

She said, “Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking is empowered by the law to investigate and prosecute human trafficking.

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“It is an offense to employ, recruit, habor, transport, receive or hire out a child under the ages of 12 years as a domestic worker. Many of these children that are hired as domestic workers are under the of 12, this not allowed at all. Anybody who does this commit an offense and is laible on conviction to imprisonment for a minimum term of six months and not exceeding seven years.

“Anybody who requires, recruit, transport, habor, receive or hire out a person to be used for force labour, within or outside Edo State, or permit any place or premises to be used for force labour, commit an offense and is laible on conviction of imprisonment of not less than 5 years and a fine of N5m.

“When you are bringing someone as house help, you need to know it must not be a child or teenager, it must be an adult. In Edo State, all children are to go to school. Child labour, child trafficking, is not allowed, that is the law.”

Omorogbe emphasised that it is a crime to take a child to one’s side in guise of taking care of such child and deprived the child of his or her dignity and right to education.

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She said regardless of where the child comes from or the status, no child in Edo State is for sale, saying, “Edo State is not a place where a child or a young person can be bought or sold.”

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Police Declare Man Wanted Over Homos*xual Act




A 50-years old man, Edo Omusi, has been declared wanted by the police in Benin City, the capital of Edo State, for disappearing after being ‘caught’ in a same s*x act in Ogiso community.

A source close to the police in the state, told our correspondent that the suspect, and one of his male friends, whose name was not given, were sighted at an undisclosed location by some youths as they were comitting the act.

Under Nigerian Laws, any person caught in the gay act is liable to 14 years in prison and if found by the community could be killed.

The duo were said to have been deeply engrossed in the act when they were found but before the person who saw them in the , “sinful and abominable act”, went for back up, they had escaped the location.

The incident which occurred on 25/4/23 at Ogiso area of the town almost threw the community into a turmoil as irate youths welding sticks and cudgels rampaged the community in search of the duo to lynch them.

It was also learnt that worried by the trend the youths in the community had to set up a surveillance team to monitor his movements. It was on one of the surveillance trips that he was reportedly caught on the fateful day, with the unidentified male partner.

It was gathered since the community reported the incident to the police, the whereabouts of the suspect, Edo Omusi has since remained unknown by all and sundry.

Speaking on the development, a top Police official confirmed the matter and explained that the Crime Investigation Department of the command is working round the clock to arrest the suspect, having declared him a wanted person.

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Man, 41, Sent To Prison For Groping Woman’s Breast




A Badagry Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on Friday, ordered the remand of a 41-year-old man, Ibrahim Lemo, for groping the breast of a woman.

The court heard that Lemo beat up his victim, Zainab Babalola, when she demanded he stopped the unlawful act

Chief Magistrate Fadahunsi Adefioye remanded Lemo after he pleaded guilty to a two count bordering on assault.

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Adefioye ordered that the defendant should be remanded in Awhajigoh Correctional Centre, Badagry.

He adjourned the case until April 14 for facts and sentencing.

Earlier, the prosecutor, ASP. Clément Okuoimose, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on April 6 at 2.30 p.m. at Badagry Roundabout shopping complex, Badagry, Lagos.

Okuoimose said Lemo without lawful excuse pressed the breast of the complainant, Zainab Babalola.

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He said the defendant also hit the complainant on her left eye and caused her harm after she asked him not to touch her again.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 134 and 170 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.


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Hushpuppi’s Associate, Woodberry, Pleads Guilty, Forfeits $8m, Assets




Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as Mr Woodberry, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

He also agreed to forfeit $8 million in proceeds of wire fraud as well as luxury cars and watches to the foreign government.

Woodberry, a known associate of the now-imprisoned internet fraudster, Ramon Abbas, better known as Hushpuppi, recently in a plea declaration submitted at the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division on April 6, pleaded guilty to count one of the indictments, the Peoples Gazette reports.

According to his plea agreement, he is required to pay back the sum of $8 million he fraudulently received from the seven companies that he scammed.

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“Defendant understands that by pleading guilty, he will subject to forfeiture to the United States all right, title, and interest that he has in any property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the offence,” stated the document containing Mr Ponle’s signed plea declaration.

Woodberry was also asked to waive his rights to the luxury cars, and designer watches he had stashed in Dubai.

The high-end automobiles include Rolls Royce Cullinan with vehicle no J9153, Lamborghini Urus (N4973) and Mercedes-Benz G-class (G68816).

Other items seized are four Rolex watches, one Patek Philippe watch, three Audemars Piguet watches, three gold and diamond-studded earrings, and six gold neck chains.

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Last year, he forfeited 151.8 Bitcoin to the American government.

On June 10, 2020, Woodberry was arrested in Dubai alongside Ramon Hushpuppi Abbas, who is currently serving an 11-year sentence for a similar fraud charge.

Prior to his arrest, Woodberry was known for rocking and flaunting expensive designer wear and showing off his illicit wealth to his massive Instagram followers, the majority of whom had no idea his luxury lifestyle was funded by cybercrime.

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