A Nasarawa High Court sitting in Mararaba has sentenced one Bawa Madaki, a popular Kaduna-based pastor to 14 years imprisonment for human trafficking.
The 48-year-old pastor was arrested by the police in May 2015 before he was handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The accused was arraigned on two counts charge of fraudulently procuring two underage children from their parents in the Zanzo Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“A cleric, Pastor Bawa Madaki, from Kaduna State, has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment for child trafficking. The accused was arraigned on two counts of fraudulently procuring two underage children from their parents.
“Madaki subsequently sent one child to Lagos State in an illegal adoption arrangement and the other to Abuja as a domestic worker, thus depriving their parents of the children.
“The trial commenced on June 23, 2015, and on Monday, March 26, 2018, the court found the accused guilty.”
Emerole said the offence contravened section 19 (e) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act.
The Judge, Justice Haruna Offor in delivering his judgement sentenced the accused to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.