A 57 year-old woman, Mrs. Patricia Ekhoe Igbinovia, has been convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment for trafficking ladies for prostitution in Europe, by a Lagos Federal High Court.

The convicted woman, who is also known as Audu Mariam Olayemi and Mama Bobby, was giving the jail-term by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, after she pleaded guilty to the six counts charge of conspiracy and trafficking in persons, made against her by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Person (NAPTIP).

The convicted woman whom last known  address was  9, Olajide Street, Off Cornelius Nzebuka Street, Pleasure, Oke-odo, Lagos, was alleged to have committed in 2015, December 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Precisely, the prosecutor, Mrs. Becky Jibo, told the court that the convict conspired with one Oyo, said to be at large, and trafficked the dou of Sandra Okizene Sanni, a.k.a Tracy and Sarah; Kem Olomo, a.k.a. Osato and Peace.

She was said to have trafficked the victims to Malaga, Spain, for the purpose of prostitution.

The offences the prosecutor said are contrary to and punishable under section 18 and 27(b) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Enforcement and Administration Act, 2015.

The convict on her first arraignment before the court on January 18, 2022, pleaded not guilty to that the crimes and she was admitted to bail in various terms. 

However, while the matter was still pending, she jumped the bail and her bail was however revoked on July 3, 2023, sequel to the prosecutor’s request.

Upon her re-arrest based on the bench warrant issued against her, she was confined to the Kirikiri female section of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS).

The convict, at the resumed hearing of the charge on Tuesday, informed the court her decision to charge her plea. Her decision was granted by the court, and the charge was re-read to her.

Upon re-reading of the charge, she admitted commiting the offences and pleaded guilty to the charge.

Based on her new plea, the court called on the prosecutor to review the facts of the charge, which the prosecutor did and urged the court to convict and sentence her in accordance with the sections of the NAPTIP Act she was charged with.

But lawyer to the convict, after cited plethoras of legal authorites, pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy in sentencing his client. 

In his judgment, Justice Aneke after hearing the counsel’s allucutor, sentenced the convict to seven years imprisonment.

Justice Aneke, also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N1 million in addition to the seven years jail-term.