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Two in Court over Human Trafficking

Police in Sogakofe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region have arraigned a 30-year old Sampson Aglah, a Ghanaian and his Nigerian accomplice, Goodness Ifeoma Amobi aged 29 before Sogakofe Circuit Court for allegedly attempting to traffic three girls to Benin.

The suspects were en route to Benin together with the unsuspecting victims when they were apprehended by security personnel last weekend at Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) Checkpoint at Dabala Junction near Sogakope.

Speaking to voltaonlinegh.com, the Tongu Divisional Police Commander, Chief Supt Dennis Fiakpui narrated that on Saturday, July 7, 2018 around 2:00pm, CEPS personnel arrested the two suspects who attempted to traffic their three victims and brought them to the Police.

The suspects lured the victims;  Elizabeth Mawusi Awuku, 17, Esther Forkuo, 18 and Barikisu Afia Abdullah, 15 from Ashanti-Mampong in the Ashanti Region with the promise that they were going to work in Accra and not Benin.

The victims therefore raised alarm when it dawned on them that they were actually not going to Accra but in Volta Region heading to the Ghana-Togo border at Aflao which subsequently led to the arrest of the suspects.

Chief Supt Fiakpui said that while in court on Wednesday, July 11, the two pleaded not guilty to the charge of human trafficking and were accordingly admitted to bail to reappear on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

He said though the two are on court bails, they are still in police custody because they were unable to fulfill their bail conditions.

By: Ewoenam Kpodo/voltaonlinegh.com

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