Court grants bail to woman accused of trafficking two ladies

The accused allegedly made arrangement to traffick two Nigerian women to Ghana.

A Federal High Court in Ibadan has granted bail to one Oyindamola Mobolaji who was accused of human trafficking.

Ms. Mobolaji was accused of trafficking for the purpose of prostitution by the National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP.

The prosecution counsel, Tonia Mgbemeje, told the court that Ms. Mobalaji in October 2012 at W. D. Hotel in Ibadan made arrangements for two girls to be taken to Ghana for prostitution.

She gave the names of the girls as Salawu Mariam, 22, and Adeniran Damilola, 21.

The accused, a resident of Amuloko Idiroko in Ibadan, however, pleaded not guilty.

The defence counsel, Yinka Agboola, applied for his client’s bail, supporting his application with a 16-paragraph affidavit and a written address.

“I shall be relying on these documents and at the same time, be praying for bail on light terms,” Mr. Agboola said.

Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo ruled that the offence, which was contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons in Prohibition Law Enforcement and Administration Act 2003 as amended, was bailable.

She admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, she stated, must be blood relations, and one of them should be a civil servant between Grade Level 7 and Grade Level 10.

The case was adjourned to March 12 for hearing.


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