Court orders extradition of Nigerian fugitive, Franca Asemota, to the UK

Franca Asemota Photo: Sahara Reporters

Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the extradition of one Franca Asemota, a Nigerian fugitive whose extradition was sought by the United Kingdom for offences bordering on trafficking of minors.

Ms. Asemota, 36, is wanted by the UK government for trafficking of minors to Europe through London.

She was accused of allegedly organising a network that trafficked young women, mostly teenagers, from remote Nigerian villages into Europe using Heathrow airport as transit hub.

The girls were promised education or jobs such as hairdressing in countries, including France and Spain, but were forced into prostitution.

Ms. Asemota was arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on March 24, 2015, in Benin, Edo State on suspicion of money laundering offences.

On arrest, checks on her profile revealed that she had been on the wanted list of the National Crime Agency of the UK.

When the case came up on Monday, January 11, Ms. Asemota’s counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, prayed the court to grant his client bail to enable her seek medical attention as she had spent almost a year in custody.

But Akuta Pius Ukeyima, from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, however opposed the application, saying it would be better to ask for a short date for ruling on the substantive matter.

Consequently, Justice Kafarati adjourned to Wednesday (today) for ruling.

At the resumerd sitting, Justice Kafarati granted the extradition request and ordered that the accused be extradited to the United Kingdom to face trial for the charges filed against her.


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  • Linus nwafor

    The case of sin- a-tor Buruji kashamu and all other extradiction cases should be quickly assigned to justice Abdul kafarati. He will save us time and money by quicking geting this people to where justice will be served them

    • ayo

      The aforementioned Buruji Kashamu is living on borrowed time. He will definitely have his day in the USA courts. With this present leader I can assure you of that…..

      • Burbank

        I believed your assurance.

    • Burbank

      Best suggestion to the court today.

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    What an outrage!
    You sell your sisters into prostitution for financial gains?
    You are irredeemable! If God truly exists, you will hear from him.

    • Iskacountryman

      so should she have donated her sister for free…southerners dont think like that…

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Are you suggesting that “non-Southerners” donate their sisters freely into prostitution?

        Think about what you have not written.

        • Iskacountryman

          even with your fake esq…you cannot understand a question until there is a question mark at the end…

      • Alexander

        What she did wasn’t worst than what I saw when Northerns were ransacking the corps of their and about to die fellows the army gun down in shiittes killings in Kaduna.

        • Iskacountryman

          we do not waste resources in the north…we are not economic illiterates…

    • Burbank

      Not just her; many politicians sold their own mothers cheaply for money.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Nigerian criminals are always sick and need medical attention when caught by the law. She should be sentenced to 20yrs forced prostituion.

    • ayo

      Every Nigerian crook always need medical attention in a far flung jurisdiction when brought to court. Our lawyers have done their bit in destroying this country.

  • new republic

    Nigeria i hail thee,only poor people extradiction process is very fast by Nigeria judges,

    • Curseless

      So in your humble opinion Ms Asemota is a poor Nigerian? What about the under aged girls that she had practically sold into sexual slavery and misery by her greed. This I believe is what we should be discussing.

    • Burbank

      Warped moral compass in your soul.

  • Omooba A

    The next real life for this animal in human skin is jail. By now one would think that Nigerian criminals would have learnt their lesson and stop using medical excuses as means of getting out jail. Thanks to her charge-and-bail lawyer to asked for bail on medical reason. She could now be transferred to UK for medical jail. Nigerian innocent teens will be saved while this monster is cooling her nerves in jail. Hit the road jack …..

    • Burbank


  • Burbank

    Bravo to Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Abuja Federal High Court.

    Franca Asemota can share the same cell as ex-Delta govenor James Ibori for the next 20 years.

    And judge Abdul Kafarati hopefully will extradite drug lord-cum-senator Buruji Kashamu to the US tomorrow, where Kashamu can share the same US jail with Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman

  • Maria

    Kashamu must be bundled to the US.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! May she rot in prison for the rest of her sickening life.

  • peaceometer

    Medically, UK is a good place to seek medical care while you are in custody.