Nigerian Gym Instructor arrested for trafficking five victims

human trafficking
Human trafficking

Uma-Omo Ojugo, a Nigerian Gym Instructor, who is accused of trafficking five Nigerians to Ghana to engaged them in internet trading, has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Ujogo charged with human trafficking, pleaded not guilty.

The Court presided over by Mrs Sedinam Awo Balokah admitted Ojugo to bail in the sum of GHS300,000 with three sureties, one to justified.

The Court further ordered accused person, who is also a businessman, to deposit his passport at the Court’s Registry and he is to report to the case investigator from 0900 to 1600hours

This was after his counsel, Mr Nathaniel Quansah had prayed for bail, saying accused was married to a Ghanaian and was willing to appear before the Court any time the court directed.

Mr Quansah opposed to the facts, saying his client never recruited the five victims (name withheld) to Ghana, adding the victims came to Ghana on their own.

The matter has been adjourned to July 21 for Case Management Conference.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Lanyo narrated that the complainant Isaac Kwarteng is a real Estate agent and resides at East Legon, Accra. Accused resides at Adjiriganor.

Chief Inspector Lanyo said on June 14, this year, at about 0800 hours, two Nigerian boys came to the complainant’s house and asked him to give them a phone to call their mothers in Nigeria.

When the complainant asked the victims why they wanted to call their mothers, they informed the complainant that they were recruited from Nigeria by the accused person and accused had been harbouring and exploiting them “in labour to wit internet trading.”

Prosecution said the complainant quickly called for assistance and conveyed the victim to the East Legon Police Station.

The Prosecution investigations led to the arrest of the accused person at his residence and nine laptops were retrieved.

According to prosecution, the victims confirmed that the laptops were given to them by the accused to browse on the internet for clients.

Prosecution during investigations accused admitted the offence.

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