An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced two friends, Adewale Ibitoye and Moses Okrukpe, to life imprisonment for raping and impregnating a 14-year old girl.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye held that the prosecution had convincingly proven the charge of defilement against the accused.
She said: “The survivor testified that her father had sexual intercourse with her on several occasions and that her father gave her hand in marriage to the second convict after he visited their house and gifted her father a bottle of gin.
“She said that the second defendant had sexual intercourse with her which led to pregnancy and that the first defendant in his testimony confirmed that he collected a bottle of gin from his friend as wedding rights.
“The testimony of the survivor was vivid and unshaken during cross-examination as the first prosecution witness, a pastor, testified before the court that the survivor lost the two-month-old baby due to lack of care and malnutrition.
“The testimony of the third prosecution witness, a Investigating Police Officer (IPO), also confirmed to the court that the survivor was 14 years when she started living with the second defendant as his wife and that he registered her in a local hospital in Ijebu Ode while she was pregnant with the baby.”
She referred to the convicts as “beast in human form” who should serve the remainder of their lives behind bars as they should not be seen among the sane in society.
She further said, “The first convict who had carnal knowledge of his own daughter is everything a father should not be. This is taboo and incest.” (NAN)