A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered the extradition of Franca Asemota, a 36-year-old Nigerian woman wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom, UK, over allegations of child trafficking.
Delivering ruling on the extradition request, Justice Abdul Kafarati, ordered that the fugitive be extradited to the UK to stand trial over the charges preferred against her.
The Street Journal recalls that the UK government had requested Asemota’s extradition to the country to enable her to face charges bordering on trafficking of teenage girls, mostly from remote Nigerian villages, to Europe using Heathrow Airport, London, as a transit hub.
The accused, who allegedly operated a network for the crime, lured the minors by promising them jobs and education in Europe, but was a mere subterfuge to traffic them for forced prostitution.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, operatives had arrested Asemota in Benin, Edo State, on March 24, 2015,for suspected money laundering but, following further investigations, was discovered to be a fugitive of the UK National Crime Agency.
She has been in EFCC custody since her arrest, pending the determination of the application by the UK for her extradition to the country to face trial for the alleged offences.