Nigerian first name son is Odion. The one she wore when she prostituted herself around Saint-Charles station was “Tassy”. Called to testify on Thursday, October 7, before the Marseille Criminal Court, the 34-year-old young woman is no longer afraid. Neither “juju”, this voodoo ceremony practiced in Nigeria before leaving for Europe, during which she had sworn to the shaman never to reveal the name of her pimp, at the risk of immediate death. Neither of the men and women seated behind her, she had for treatment of human beings and procuring, that in 2017 of statements. She even dares to turn around and point the finger at two defendants who, on the first day of the trial, followed and threatened him in Edo, the language of their state in southern Nigeria. “You brought me to court, I will meet you here in Europe or Nigeria and I will kill you”, they told her, according to her.
These intimidations at the door of the courtroom illustrate the violence of a Nigerian criminality at the heart of the indictment of the public prosecutor Sophie Couillaud. “This dossier plunges us into the commodification at the highest level of human beings. It is a less noisy crime than the one we judge here, usually that of drug trafficking and settling of scores, but it is a crime that we do not need, which should not take hold. in Marseille. “ So, to try to stem “The importation of these heinous offenses committed by extremely violent criminal networks”, Mme Couillaud is demanding heavy sentences ranging from three to nine years in prison, a definitive ban from French territory, including against one of the defendants who have obtained refugee status, and a committal warrant for eight of the ten defendants who are deemed free.
Nine years in prison were thus required against Tony Osemiwigie, 27, “Mister Tony”, and his company, Vera Okoro, both still detained. It is he whom “Tassy” had designated as his pimp and executioner, the one who had brought him to Europe and then asked him to pay 50,000 euros, his “Transit debt”. “Yes he did rape me”, she confirms to President Johan Denis, to whom she explains having been attached and scalded by the couple because she refuses to prostitute herself. On the Canebière, they had also beaten him to pay a balance of 20,000 euros and, according to a custom, free himself from his pimp by buying him “Gold and traditional clothing”.
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