An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has sentenced a local government official, Ojo Ayodele, to life imprisonment for turning a 15-year-old girl (name withheld) to sex slave.
Ayodele abducted the minor in Ijero-Ekiti and spirited her to a secret location in the town where he subjected her to continuous sexual assault for 21 days.Justice Monisola Abodunde in her judgment found Ayodele guilty as charged and sentenced the accused to life jail for raping the underaged girl.
The judge also imposed a seven-year jail term on the council worker after being found guilty of abduction. The terms are to run concurrently.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Gbemiga Adaramola, prosecuted the case on behalf of the State while the convict was represented by his counsel, Tosin Osundahunsi.
The victim was living with her stepmother after her father and mother divorced with the latter relocating to Port Harcourt.
The alleged maltreatment of the victim by her step mother forced her out of the house and she was said to have met the convict who promised to take care of her.
The convict later abducted the girl and took her to a remote location inIjero and unleashed an orgy of rape on the minor who escaped after being kept against her wish for 21 days.
A good Samaritan who saw blood stains on the victim’s cloth took the girl to Ijero Local Government Immigration Office to report the case.
But luck ran against Ayodele as the victim identified him at the local government secretariat and fingered him as the one who abducted her and turned her to a sex slave.
The Immigration officers on duty wasted no time in whisking the convict to Ijero Police Station where the case was reported.
Ayodele was first arraigned on 2nd February, 2016 on a two-count charge of rape and abduction.
The prosecution called seven witnesses during the trial and tendered exhibits which include statements of the victim and the convict, medical report which established the rape, among others.
The convict did not call any witness apart from himself in the course of the trial.
Justice Abodunde in sentencing the convict held that the prosecution proved the case beyond reasonable doubt hoping that the punishment would serve stem the tide of sexual violence in the society.