Court clears union President of human trafficking charges

An Abuja High Court has discharged and acquitted the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Mr. Innocent Bola-Audu and three others, of the allegation of human trafficking.

Justice Charles Agbaza cleared Bola-Audu and three others on the ground that the prosecution failed to link the defendants with the offence.

Note that the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP) dragged the four civil servants before the court claiming that they were involved in human trafficking in 2021.

Through their counsel, the defendants filed a motion for a “no-case” submission. After the parties argued their briefs of argument, the court adjourned for ruling.

Justice Agbaza, in his ruling, held: “The prosecution has not clearly been able to link the defendants with the charge brought against them. I find it difficult to come to terms with the prosecution on the charges and in his argument against the defendants.

“There is no evidence before this court linking the defendants with the offence. The prosecution failed to establish a case of human trafficking against the defendants.

“The defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”

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