2 Nigerians bag life imprisonment over human trafficking in South Africa

– Two Nigerians have bagged life imprisonment for human trafficking in South Africa – Twenty-six-year-old Frank Amaku and 25-year-old Ilo Promise Somadina – They were arrested in April 2016 at a hideous dwelling where they ran a brothel and held victims captive South Gauteng High Court in South Africa has handed three life sentences and an additional hundred and six years imprisonment to two Nigerians for human trafficking. The sentences were given over the weekend in Johannesburg. NAN reports that 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. It was gathers that five victims were rescued during the operation and taken to a place of safety. The national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, applauded the investigation team for working around the clock to ensure that the accused were ultimately convicted and sentenced. He said: “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.” One of their victims, from Upington was given the nom de guerre of Helena Boswell. She was kept at the Fourways home, where she and three other women spent months servicing the pair’s clients until they were rescued. The Nigerians denied their level of involvement in human trafficking and have stated on multiple occasions that they would appeal the conviction. Their lawyer, Moleko Ratau, asked that the court be lenient with the pair as they were “relatively young” when the crimes took place, in 2016. The court was told that duo kidnapped the women specifically for financial gain, transforming them into sexual objects and dehumanising them, which was evident by Boswell’s testimony[…]

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Olajumoke Orisaguna shares amazing photos in South Africa

Olajumoke Orisaguna, does the name ring a bell? Well, if you have stuck around on social media long enough, it should. Olajumoke is the acclaimed beautiful woman who started out as a bread seller on the streets of Lagos but is now a fast rising fashion icon and model. The Nigerian model who came into spotlight at about the time she worked with photographer TY Bello, has proven that she is aiming for the skies and in fact already reaching the clouds. In recent photo shoots, she modeled for David Tlale a South African fashion designer with a name that has gone beyond the shores of Africa. But beyond being celebrated by a renowned clothing line, the Nigerian beauty was branded with a worthy stamp by Africa’s hair brand Frika and popular model photographer Reze Bonna. The collaboration of these three fashion enthusiastic brands brought out the inner grace and beauty in Olajumoke. In the adorable photos she shared on her Instagram page, Olajumoke rocked a frilly yellow dress with raised African braids that reached to her face and dress. She also wore a plain pink and green African inspired fabric matched with Afro hair just as she rocked a blue nylon jumpsuit. These beautifully combined attires won the admiration of many people who commended the designer as well as the beautiful model who wore the clothes well. The photo shoots were proudly featured in TW magazine. The story of Olajumoke who happens to be a mother of two has inspired many people worldwide. Either by fate or coincidence, the lady who was born and bred in Osun state, moved to Lagos with one of her children to sell bread whilst leaving her husband behind in Ire, Osun. Now, in the very heart of Johannesburg, South Africa, Olajumoke has been featured doing the very thing she knows to do best: capturing ‘accidental’ moments and motivating people to believe that the only way they can keep going is up.

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