Teacher sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for raping his neighbour’s 8-year-old daughter in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, has sentenced a 45-year-old teacher, Oluwagbemi Alabi, to 15 years imprisonment for raping an eight-year- old girl.

 

Alabi, who committed the offence in 1999, was arraigned on 25th August 2023 on one count charge of rape.

 

The charge read, “Alabi Oluwafemi sometime in the year 1999 at Ikere Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did rape an eight-year-old girl, at the time of committing the offence.

 

“The offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap 30, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 1978.

 

In his testimony before the court, the victim said Alabi was her teacher and neighbour when the incident happened. 

 

“He touched my breast each time he came to teach me at home, I did not understand anything about what he was doing until he raped me in our sitting room when my mother travelled to Lagos and left me and my sister at home,” she narrated.

 

“He removed my cloth and used it to clean the blood and sperm and threw it away. I later ran to our neighbours weeping, they thought I was missing my mother, but I did not tell them what happened.” 

 

The victim said she dropped out of school since she could no longer concentrate on her studies.

 

“I was afraid anytime I saw him in the class. He came across me on Facebook sometime in the year 2012, he sent me a friend request and I declined,” she told the court.

 

“In the year 2023 again, he started disturbing me, I reported the matter to the law enforcement agents, and I was advised to ignore him

 

“Thereafter, he started sending disturbing and annoying videos and messages to me, referring to the past ugly incident. When I could no more bear it, I decided to take legal action against him.”

 

To prove his case, the prosecutor, Kunle-Shina Adeyemo, called two witnesses and tendered a confessional statement of the defendant, evidence of the defendant’s conversations with the nominal complainant, petition and printout from the screenshot of chats among others as exhibits.

 

The defendant spoke in his defence through his lawyer, Ademola Adeyemi, and called two witnesses.

 

In the judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said, “The sexual intercourse with the victim could not have been consensual in that, she, as an eight-year-old girl, was a minor and lacked the capacity to consent to sexual intercourse.

 

“The confessional statement of the defendant also showed without equivocation that the defendant indeed committed the offence.

 

“This issue is resolved in favour of the prosecution and the defendant is found guilty as charged.

 

“One of the aims of sentencing is to serve as a deterrent. The defendant is hereby sentenced to 15 years imprisonment without option of fine,” the judge pronounced. 

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