published Sept. 30, 2020, 5:33 p.m. by mariamagboola
One of the landmark judgments handed to rapists was carried out in Edo State, South-south Nigeria, where a 42-year-old man was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for raping and impregnating his 13-year-old daughter.
The convict, identified as Friday Moses, who was a commercial motorcyclist from Cross River State was not given an option of fine by the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court, Benin City; to serve as a lesson to him and other pedophiles in the state .
Mr Moses was said to have been abusing the Primary Six Pupil shortly after her mother died five years ago.
She was the first among the convict’s three children and was five months two week pregnant,at the time the sentence was handed down and currently in the protective custody of the state’s ministry of women affairs and social development.
The court, presided over by a chief magistrate, J. O. Ejale, also sentenced one Lambert Ighodaro to 14 years in prison and another person, Benjamin Uzoma Nwachukwu, to 20 years for raping minors.
Mr. Nwachukwu, said to have been dismissed recently from the seminary, was arraigned on two-count charge and got 10 years each with hard labour, and without the option of fine.
Three more persons – Matthew Omokhafe, 65; Matthew Braimoh, 31; and Michael Eriarebhe, 33, were remanded in prison for allegedly defiling children who were either 15 years old or below.