A couple, Mrs. Abosede Ademehintoye, 36, and her husband, Peter Ademehintoye, 37, have been remanded in the custody of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), over alleged attempt to smuggle out one Adetula Oluwatosin, to Oman for forced labour.
The couple were remanded by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, after they pleaded not guilty to four counts charge pressed against them by the anti-human Trafficking agency.
NAPTIP in a charge marked FHC/L/127c/2020, alleged that the husband, Peter Ademehintoye, had sometimes in 2019 at Block 25, Ikosi lsheri, Shopping Complex Ketu, Lagos, hired, Transferred and Transported Adetula Oluwatosin, for the purpose of using her for forced labour in Oman.
While his wife, Abosede was alleged to have on June 2, 2019, aided and abated her husband to escape from the NAPTIP’s custody, located at 165B Oba Ladejobi Street, G.R.A, Ikeja (NAPTIP Lagos Command).
She was also alleged to unlawfully assaulted one Mr. Olamide Foyinsola, a NAPTIP official, who was on execution of official duty.
The offences according to the prosecutor, Mr. C. I. Ajeigbu, are contrary to Section 24, 22(a), 28(1) and 32(2) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015 and punishable under the same section of the Act.
The couple pleaded not guilty to the offences. The development, which made the prosecutor to ask the court to remand in the agency’s custody, till the determination of the charges against them.
However, counsel to the couple, P. O. Onuchie, through an application, pleaded with the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.
The application was not opposed by the prosecutor, but he urged the court to impose bail terms that will ensure the defendants’ presence in court till the determination of the charges against them.
Following parties’ arguments, Justice Oguntoyinbo, ordered that the defendants be remanded in the NAPTIP’s custody till December 11, 2020, when their bail applications will be decided.