By Yemi Olajutemu

Ado Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti has sentenced 62 years old Daudu Jimoh to life imprisonment for raping a 9 year old girl in Ilupeju Ekiti.

The convict was arraigned before Justice Lekan Ogunmoye on 5/8/2020 on one count charge of rape.

The charge reads that Daudu Jimoh on 27/9/2019 at Ilupeju Ekiti within the jurisdiction of this honorable court did rape a nine (9) year old girl, contrary to Section 31(2) of the Child’s Rights Law, Cap. C7, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

In her evidence before the court, the victim said, I attended a Nursery/Primary School in Ilupeju Ekiti, Baba cooler (the convict) was our landlord, he has been having sex with me for four times before my sister caught us on that day.

In the afternoon, he called me to his room, he asked me to sleep on the chair, he removed my pant and put his penis in my vigina, he was doing it when my sister caught us, she explained all what happened to my mother.

Whenever he had sex with me, I always afraid to tell my mother because he had warned me not to tell anybody or else I will die, she concluded.

To proof his case, the prosecutor, Julius Ajibare called four witnesses and tendered defendant statements and medical report as exhibits while the convict spoke in his own defence through his counsel, Chris Omokhafe, he confessed to have committed the offence but denied penetrating her vagina.

In his judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said, the confessional statements of the defendant, both written and oral showed without equivocation that the defendant indeed committed the offence.

In all, the prosecution had proved his case beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant as charged.

The sole issue for determination is resolve in favour of the prosecution. He is convicted as charged.

‘’He is sentenced to life imprisonment’’.

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