An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced one Adewale Ibitoye to life imprisonment for having sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old daughter.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Abiola Soladoye also sentenced Ibitoye’s friend, Moses Okrukpe, to life imprisonment for defiling and impregnating the survivor at 14.
Soladoye held that the prosecution had convincingly proved the charge of defilement against the convicts.
She condemned the barbaric act of the first defendant for having sex with his underage daughter several times before passing her to his friend for a pseudo marriage, over a bottle of gin.
The judge said, “The survivor testified that her father had sexual intercourse with her on several occasions and that her father gave her hand in marriage to the second convict after he visited their house and gifted her father, a bottle of gin.
“She said that the second defendant had sexual intercourse with her which led to pregnancy and the first defendant in his testimony, confirmed that he collected a bottle of gin from his friend as wedding rights.
“The testimony of the survivor was vivid and unshaken during cross-examination as the first prosecution witness, a pastor, testified before the court that the survivor lost the two months old baby due to lack of care and malnutrition.
“The testimony of the third prosecution witness, a police investigative officer (IPO) also confirmed to the court that the survivor was 14 years when she started living the the second defendant as his wife and that he registered her in a local hospital in Ijebu Ode while she was pregnant with the baby.”
Soladoye maintained that it was right before the court that a 14-year-old girl cannot give consent in a marriage and condemned the first defendant for engaging her daughter in the uncultured act.
She referred to the convicts as “beast in human form” who should serve the remaining of their lives behind bars as they should not be seen among the sane in the society.
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