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Woman Remanded In Umuahia For Sexually Trafficking 21 Girls

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A 56-year-old woman who’s name has been given as Nma Achumba has been remanded in Nigeria Correctional Centre, Afara, Umuahia by a Magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia, for allegedly recruiting and abducting 21 young girls for sexual exploitation and child trafficking.

According to the charges brought against her, the accused, was recruiting and abducting young girls and exploiting them sexually, in Umunkpeyi Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South LGA and Olokoro, Umuahia South LGA of the State in June, 2023.

However, the 56-year-old woman pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In a short ruling after her plea, the trial Magistrate, Ngozi Lekwa, said that the offence is punishable under Section 13, Sub section 1, 2 and C of Trafficking in Persons Enforcement and Administration Act 2015 and Section 86 of the Criminal Code, as applicable in Abia State.

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She, however, said that the Magistrate Court lacked the jurisdiction to handle the matter.

The court ordered that the case file should be transferred to the office of the Department of Public Prosecution Abia State Ministry of Justice, Umuahia.

The matter was adjourned to the 7th of November, 2023, for report of compliance, while the accused, Nma Achumba, was remanded in the Correctional Centre, Umuahia.

But the Abia State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ikechuckwu Uwanna said the State is determined to prosecute those involved in dirty and illegal businesses capable of bringing disrepute to the image of the State.

The Attorney General, who was represented by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, in the ministry, Mr. Vincent Chukwu, noted that there had been reports of pockets of such issues in some parts of Osisioma, Isiala Ngwa North and Umuahia North local government areas of Abia.

Uwanna assured that the law must take its course and advised the Abia public against engaging in illicit businesses.

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