Traditional ruler sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for raping two teenagers in Ilesha.
The High court of Osun State, on Thursday, sentenced 70 year old Loja of Araromi Otokobo town in Ilesa, Moses Adeniyi, to seven years imprisonment for raping two little girls, 13 and 14 years old at the time, who were students of St. Margaret School, Ilesa.
After a long court case that lasted over five years, the Ilesa Division of Osun State High court found the 70-year-old monarch guilty of the offence of rape levelled against him. The statement explained further that Adeniyi was a former neighbour of the victims’ parents, adding that the two girls, aged 13 and 14 respectively, were pupils of St.Margaret Girls School, Ilesa in May 2010, when the incident happened. The girls are now 19 and 20. St. Margaret High School is the premier school in Ilesa.
The traditional ruler was arraigned in court on 28 of March 2011 on two charges of rape and indecent assault. The matter had since dragged on, until Thursday that the final judgement was delivered.
The prosecuting counsel from Osun Ministry of Justice, Mr Tijani Adekilekun proved to the court that the accused committed offences, contrary to and punishable under Section 358 and 360 of Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol.11, Laws of Osun State.
The presiding judge, Justice Kudirat Akano in her judgement expressed disappointment in the accused and sentenced the traditional ruler to seven years imprisonment at Ilesa maximum prison. There was no option of fine.
The prosecutor told the court that sometime in May 2010; the accused threatened the girls with charms, forcefully deflowered the two little girls, raped them together in the same hotel room and warned them not to inform anyone or else they would die. The convict was 64 years at the time of committing the offence.
According to the fact of the case, the accused gave the girls a ride in his car when they were returning from school, St. Margaret School, Ilesa. The girls were in JSS 1 and 2 respectively. One of the girls was 13-years old then while the other was 14 years old.
Instead of dropping the girls at their house, the randy and diabolic traditional ruler tricked the victims and took the little girls to his hotel where he had sex with them in one of the rooms against their will and deflowered them. The girls were virgins. The accused was said to have used a white handkerchief to wipe the blood from the vagina of the girls when he deflowered them and warned them not to disclose to their parents. He threatened them with death if they disclosed the incidence to anyone.
The watchful mother of one of the girls eventually suspected that her daughter was no longer a virgin and queried the girl to reveal the person that deflowered her. After a lot of persuasion, the girl told her mother that she could not mention the person because she does not want to die.
The mother took the matter to the school authorities for assistance in getting the girl to talk. The teachers assisted the woman to assure the girl that she would not die if she revealed the person that deflowered her. The girl eventually narrated what the accused did to her and her friend.
This case successfully concluded with a decision marks a milestone in the trending cases of rape of little children in Nigeria. The cases of rape have increased largely due to the fact that many of the victims are ashamed to come forward for fear of stigmatising and even in cases that they come forward the families of the victims are frustrated by the police who usually offer mediation in “settlement” where the accused is made to pay compensation and go scot-free. But this conviction last Thursday, hopefully, will mark a new standard in criminal administration in Nigeria to put a stop to the increase in rape and defilement going on in Nigeria.
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