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Civil servant bags life sentence for raping teenager in Ekiti


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A High Court in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday sentenced a local government worker, Ojo Ayodele, to life imprisonment for abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Ayodele abducted the minor in Ijero-Ekiti and took her to a secret location in the town where he subjected her to continuous sexual assault for 21 days.

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Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde, in her judgment, found Mr Ayodele guilty as charged and sentenced the accused to life jail.

The judge, who also found Mr Ayodele guilty of abduction, sentenced him to seven years for the offence.

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The jail terms are, however, to run concurrently.

The Director of Public Prosecution, Gbemiga Adaramola, said that Mr Ayodele was first arraigned on February 2, 2016 on a two-count charge of rape and abduction.

The prosecution called seven witnesses during trial and tendered exhibits which included statements of the victim and that of the convict and a medical report that established the rape.

The convict did not call any witness in the course of the trial although his counsel, Tosin Osundahunsi, was in court during sentencing.

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The prosecution had told the court that a concerned resident who saw blood stains on the victim’s clothes took her to Ijero Local Government Immigration Office to report the case.

Mr Ayodele was later caught at the council secretariat after the victim identified him as the abductor who subjected her to serial raping.

The immigration officers promptly arrested the convict and took him to Ijero Police Station where the case was reported.

NAN reports that prior to the incident, the victim was living with her stepmother after her father and mother divorced, with the latter relocating to Port Harcourt.

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She was said to have met the convict who promised to take care of her after she ran away from home.


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