Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Lagos Federal High Court remanded Winifred Nwabugwu, 29, yesterday for allegedly trafficking a young woman for prostitution in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Judge Aneke sent her to the Kirikiri facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) after she pleaded not guilty to an indictment by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Nwabugwu was charged with three counts, bordering on conspiracy, promoting prostitution and human trafficking.
NAPTIP Prosecutor Beckie Jibo informed the court that the defendant and two others who are now at large will be released on March 14, 2016, agreed among themselves to organise a foreign trip from Nigeria to Dubai, for one Jennifer Simon as a prostitute.
The agency alleged that the defendant and others had exported Jennifer Simon to Dubai to coerce or induce her into prostitution.
The offences are contrary to Section 18, 14(b) and 27(a) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement And Administration Act, 2015, and punishable under the same section 18 of the Act.
In response to her request, the defendant’s attorney, E. B. Okoye, asked the court to a short date so that he could bring his client’s bail request to the court.
Therefore, Judge Aneke postponed the trial to December 13, 2021, and instructed the defendant’s attorney to contact the court at any time if his client’s application for bail had been filed.