LIFE SENTENCES HANDED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the South Gauteng High Court three life sentences plus additional hundred and six (106) years imprisonment to two Nigerian nationals for human trafficking on Friday in Johannesburg.

The pair Frank Amaku (26), and Ilo Promise Somadina (25), were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime investigating unit in April 2016 at a hideous dwelling in Fourways where they ran a brothel and held victims captive. Five victims were rescued during the operation and taken to a place of safety.

Amaku was sentenced to two life plus fifty-three years direct imprisonment and Ilo Promise Somadina (25), was sentenced to life plus additional fifty-three years direct imprisonment on counts of human trafficking, kidnapping, rape, exploitation, and running a brothel respectively. The pair were convicted in July 2018.

Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, applauded the investigation team for working around the clock to ensure that the accused were ultimately convicted and sentenced.

“The sentence couldn’t have come at a better time, taking into consideration that August is celebrated as Women’s Month in South Africa. This is an opportune time to once again warn those who abuse women, that they will be brought to book and justice will be served”, he said.