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Hearing into Asemota's extradition to UK begins

03 June 2015, 17:16Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Federal High Court in Maitama, Abuja, is later Wednesday scheduled to explore the extradition process initiated against Franca Asemota, wanted for being an alleged member of a child trafficking scheme.

The United Kingdom government wants Asemota for allegedly trafficking minors to Europe using its London Heathrow airport as a transit hub.

The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation has initiated the process following the arrest of the suspect by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 24 on suspicion of money laundering offences.

On arrest, checks on Asemota’s profile revealed that she had been on the wanted list of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Also Read:Thai army officer surrenders in human trafficking probe

The matter could not take off last week after Asemota’s counsel, Ugochukwu Ezekiel, told the court that he had a pending application for bail of the respondent.

He urged the court to admit his client to bail.

Muslim Hassan from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation told the court that the application could be heard because the case was just for mention.

He urged the court to fix a date for hearing of all pending applications.

Consequently, Justice Kafarat adjourned the case to June 3 or hearing of the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in EFCC custody.

- CAJ News


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