Court acquits ASCSN president of human trafficking charges
Written by Taiwo Adekola on April 19, 2023
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Maitama, Abuja, has cleared the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria ASCSN, Innocent Bola-Audu, and three others, of human trafficking charges.
Justice Charles Agbaza, yesterday, discharged and acquitted the defendants on the grounds that the prosecution failed to provide evidence linking them to the alleged offence.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons had on July 7, 2021 arraigned the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria ASCSN president and the three others before the court, but they pleaded not guilty to the charges pressed against them.
After the prosecution closed its case, the defendants filed a no-case submission, urging the court to free them on the contention that the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them.