Italian police said Wednesday that a Nigerian woman wanted in Italy since 2010 was brought back from Abuja to Rome, where she was sentenced to 13 years in prison for crimes including running a prostitution ring.
Police said in a statement that Joy Jeff, 48, was one of the few women wanted in Italy and described her as a prominent figure in the Nigerian mafia.
According to the statement, the extradition procedure was facilitated by a treaty signed by Nigeria and Italy in 2020. She was arrested on June 4, 2022, in Nigeria on an international arrest warrant issued by Italy.
Italian investigators in the eastern city of Ancona said Jeff played a key role in smuggling women to Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, where violence and threats forced them into prostitution. I was convicted in her absence.
A video clip released by Italian police shows the woman being transported from the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to Rome Ciampino Airport, where police took her away.
“Africa today is a strategic location when looking for fugitives and fighting organized crime,” said Vittorio Rizzi, an Italian police chief responsible for international coordination.