Human Trafficking: Asemota, Nigerian fugitive, extradited to UK

Franca Asemota

Franca Asemota, a Nigerian fugitive was in the early hours of Wednesday extradited to the United Kingdom to face trial for offences bordering on trafficking of minors.

Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 ordered her extradition to the UK following a request through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Ms. Asemota, 36, is wanted by the UK government for trafficking of minors to Europe using London Heathrow airport as transit hub.

She was accused of allegedly engaging in organising a network that trafficked young women, mostly teenagers, from remote Nigerian villages into Europe, through London.

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

However, the long arm of the law caught up with her when she was arrested by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, 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.


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  • Reason-ability

    Nigeria is working. Everywhere EFCC is making waves. Father in heaven, may Your name be Praised. Amen

  • Omooba A

    No more hiding place for these dirt of the earth parading themselves as human. Her lawyer was seeking for bail on medical reason so that she, like other criminals in Nigeria, could travel overseas for medical. Her wishes are granted as she is heading to jail where she will spend some months before her case is decided in the court. If guilty, she is looking for longer prison term to perfect her ill health. Like the Yoruba adage; ojo gbogbo ni ti ole, ojo kan ni ti oni nkan’. Literally translated to mean that; every day is for the thief but only one for the owner. May the spirits of those girls she sold to prostitution haunt her all her life and when she closes her eyes to sleep – day or night.

  • FreeNigeria

    Another one bites the jail

  • It is fascinating to note that the extradition treaty between Nigeria and the UK is healthy and working to perfection. There will be no hiding place for the miscreants that are literally soiling the country’s image abroad. Ms Franca Asemota thought that by disappearing to the remote country side of Edo state, her crimes would be forgotten. She made the serious cardinal error of plying her dubious trade through the UK borders where records are kept and the long arm of law would be after you no matter how long it takes. Now watch out how decisive and speedy the trial would be as soon as she reaches the UK; No prevarication, no unending adjournment or postponement of trial dates. Justice would never be delayed or denied. If she is found guilty, she goes down; otherwise she would be discharged and acquitted. That is the rule of law in action. Take her away!