Ekiti man jailed four years for raping a student

 An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has sentenced a 49-year-old man, Dele Adeyanju, to four years’ imprisonment for the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

The convict was charged with one count of rape.

According to the charge, the defendant “on January 14, 2019, at Omuo Ekiti, in the Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State, did rape an 11-year-old girl. The offence contravened Section 31 of the Child’s Right Law, Cap. C7, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.”

In her statement to the police, the victim said, “I came back from school that day, and after eating, I went out to hawk garri as I used to do after school hours.

“On the other street, a man called me and bought N100 garri. I bent down to carry my garri container; he held me from the back and covered my mouth with his hand. I struggled with him but he overpowered me, carried me to his room and removed my pants. I was shouting and crying; he used a towel to cover my mouth and forcefully had sex with me.

“Thereafter, I started bleeding seriously. When I got home, I did not tell my parents because I was afraid of what they would do to me. But when I could not bear the pain, I explained to my mother. My mother took me to a police station in Omuo Ekiti to report the case. I was later taken to a hospital for treatment.”

To prove his case, the prosecutor, Akinola Abon, called four witnesses and tendered the statement of the defendant and a medical report as exhibits, while the defendant spoke through his counsel, Femi Ariyo, and called no witness.

In the court judgment, Justice Bamidele Omotoso said, “I resolve the sole issue in favour of the prosecution and against the defendant. I hold that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the allegation of rape against the defendant.

“Consequently, the defendant is sentenced to four years’ imprisonment without an option of fine. The term of imprisonment shall begin to run from March 17, 2021, when his bail was revoked by this honourable court and was ordered to be remanded in custody of the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ado Ekiti.”

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