An Ikeja Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a scrap collector, Nurudeen Oriyomi, to 13 years’ imprisonment without the option of fine for raping a 12-year-old pupil, Ngozi (pseudonym) in the Bariga area of Lagos State.
The magistrate, Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi, delivered the judgment after the convict pleaded guilty to two counts bordering on rape preferred against him by a police prosecutor, Inspector S. Imhonwa.
PUNCH Metro had reported that Oriyomi had forcefully slept with his victim on April 9, 2016, on Alhaji Yinusa Street.
The victim, whose mother had travelled at the time, was said to be running an errand for her grandmother, when the Ilorin, Kwara State indigene forced her inside his room and raped her.
He had told our correspondent that he committed the act because his girlfriend had not visited him for more than a month, adding that he gave Ngozi N200 after raping her.
The act was uncovered after Ngozi’s mother returned from the trip. She was said to have discovered a whitish substance in her private parts and after probing her, the victim confessed that Oriyomi raped her.
The matter was reported at the Bariga Police Division, before it was referred to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters.
The Investigating Police Officer, Sergeant Orebe Olakunle, had arraigned him on two counts of rape and indecent assault.
The charges read in part, “That you, Nurudeen Oriyomi, on April 9, 2016, at about 2pm, on Alhaji Yinusa Street, Bariga, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully have sexual intercourse with one (name withheld), aged 12.
“That you did unlawfully and indecently deal with one (name withheld), aged 12 years, by inserting your penis into her private parts.”
The prosecutor, Imhonwa, said the offences were punishable under sections 137 and 135 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges.
The IPO, Olakunle, who gave the facts of the case, said tests conducted by the police showed there was penetration, adding that the defendant made confessional statements to the police.
The magistrate, Osunsanmi, subsequently found him guilty and sentenced him to 13 years’ imprisonment without the option of fine.
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