The application was struck out by the presiding judge for lacking in merit.
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday struck out an application to quash an order to forfeit a brothel.
The National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, had secured the order from Justice Tijani Abubakar.
The application to quash the order was filed by two brothers, Taofeek and Lukman Jubril, who asked Justice James Tsoho to set aside Mr. Abubakar’s order directing NAPTIP to confiscate the property.
The brothel is located at No. 1, Anjorin Street, Odogunyan, Ikorodu, Lagos.
Justice Tsoho upheld Justice Abubakar’s decision and struck out the application for lack of merit.
“I hereby uphold the order granted by the former trial judge, and order the premises located at No 1, Anjorin St., Odogunyan, to be forfeited to the respondent.
“This application is accordingly struck out for lack of merit,” Justice Tsoho ruled.
Justice Abubakar had in June, 2007, sentenced three persons for using the said premises as a brothel.
In the suit No: FHC/L/138/2007, the convicts – Helen Elele, Joshua Igborobe and Uyi Oni – were arraigned on a two-count charged of conspiracy and human trafficking.
The Prosecutor, Olurotimi Ilori, had told the court that the trio engaged young girls in prostitution and used the said premises to facilitate the illegal act.
Human trafficking contravenes Section 15 (a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law, Enforcement and Administration Act of 2003 (as amended).
The convicts had all pleaded guilty as charged and were sentenced to five years imprisonment each. Mr. Abubakar had then ordered the brothel to be sealed and forfeited to NAPTIP.
After Justice Abubakar’s transfer from the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, the applicants prayed Justice Tsoho to set aside the order.
They said through their counsel, Ali Jamiu, that the property belonged to their late father, Mustapha Jubril, and not the convicts.
They said that NAPTIP had no right to confiscate the property, even though the convicts were arrested there.