Justice Joyce Abdulmaleek of the Federal High Court Ibadan has sentenced one Mrs Olayinka Taiwo, to five years imprisonment for child trafficking.

The proprietress of the popular Sunshine Group of Schools Ibadan was convicted of unlawfully trafficking of one of her pupils, Olusola Oyediran to the United Kingdom.

The court decided based on the evidence tendered by the counsel to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the fact that Taiwo has no cogent evidence to support herself.

The court said its findings clearly shows that she is guilty of the offence and sentenced her to five years imprisonment for each of the charges.

Earlier in 2016, Mr S.A. Langyri, NATIP’S counsel had told the court that the convict along with one Jelili Oladapo now at large were facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and unlawful procurement of person. 

The prosecutor added that Mrs Taiwo had connived with one of her agents to illegally transport Olusola a 12-year-old pupil of the school to UK on the order of her guardian in Nigeria.

The prosecution said that the offences were contrary to and punishable under Section 27A and B of Trafficking in Persons Act and had tendered all the illegal documents used by the convict and her agents in the trafficking process.

NATIP also informed the court that it was not the first time in which Taiwo and her agents would be involved in child trafficking. This time, the convict changed the teenagers name to Aduke Thomas in the process of taking her abroad.

According to reports, little Olusola’s parents are believed to be residing in UK. So, one wonders why she is not living with her parents.

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