Abeokuta - A Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Ogun, on Thursday, sentenced a 67-year-old man and two sisters to five and seven years imprisonment respectively for using underage girls for prostitution.
The sisters, Ifeoma Umeh, 26 and Ogechi Umeh, 27, and Babatunde Folorusho were convicted for conspiracy and deceitful use of underage girls for prostitution.
The accused were charged with conspiracy, allowing underage to be in a brothel and trade in prostitution, deceitful inducement of persons and offering of underage girls for prostitution.
Folorunsho, the owner of Temiogbe Hotel, Akute, was convicted for keeping a brothel and was discharged for being involved in subjection of underage girls to prostitution.
In her judgment, Justice Giwa Ogunbanjo, said that all the accused would serve the jail term concurrently from the day of arrest.
Ogunbanjo said that the court had considered that the sisters were first offenders and had no antecedents of criminality in sentencing them.
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The accused persons had pleaded guilty to all the charges levelled against them, while Folorunsho pleaded not guilty to conspiracy.
The counsel to the National Agency for the Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Kehinde Falade, expressed satisfaction with the judgment of the court.
"We are pleased with the judgment. The expression on the faces of the accused after the judgment was read shows that they are remorseful.
"The agency had won many cases and this won’t be an exception.
"The accused were too kind not to allow the court through a long process of trial,’’ she said.