*Another Pastor arrested for trafficking
Honourable Justice Eruaga of the Benin High Court, on Thursday, ordered the remand of a Pastor, Samson Effiong, in prison custody for alleged offence of trafficking in human being.
He was charged in AGF V. Samson Effiong, with charge No. B/NAPTIP/7C/2017, at the State High Court 7, before.
The accused was arraigned on a two count charge of exportation of person from Nigeria, having knowledge that the person will be subjected into prostitution and Organising foreign travels which promotes prostitution, contrary to Sections 14(b) & 18 of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.
The accused pleaded not guilty and matter was adjourned to 7th February 2018 for hearing.
The accused deceived the victim that he was taking her to France but instead, took her to Burkina Faso for prostitution.
He is now cooling off at the Federal Prisons, Benin-City.
It would be recalled that recently the Edo State Police command arrested a Pastor attached to one of the Pentecostal churches in Benin, Pastor Endurance Ehioze and his sister, for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of girls to Russia.
The Edo State Police Commissioner, Haliru Gwandu, and his men were interrogating the suspects at press time. He told www.gongnews.net “You can see we just arrested them and are investigating before we know what to tell you.”
Luck was said to have run out of the Pastor when a non-governmental organisation informed the Police of the Pastor’s activities.
One of the victim’s story: Miss Florence Abu, 24, lamented how she was dumped in the street of Russia after she paid $45,000 to her madam, appealing to government and Nigerians to come to her aid as she had contracted what she described as mysterious ailment.
She narrated: “It all started in 2012 when a member of my Church at Isihor, a Pastor, said he wanted to see me in church. I went. He asked me if I will like to travel out and I told him yes but that I don’t have money. He assured me that the money wasn’t a problem.
“He said his sister, based in Russia, will take me abroad. He said in less than two months I will be able to pay up the money my madam will spend and that since am a hair stylist and singer I will make it.
“Later, I was introduced to the sister abroad. Her name is Vivian Ehioze. I had to borrow money to do my passport. She kept calling and assuring me that all will be well. I was made to take oath of allegiance.
“As part of oath of allegiance they took my pubic hair and nails which they kept and said whenever I finished payment, I will be free from any evil attack.”