Civil servant gets life jail for raping in Ekiti

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Wednesday sentenced a local government worker, Ojo Ayodele, to life imprisonment for abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl.

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.

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

The judge, who also found Ayodele guilty of abduction, sentenced him to seven years for the offence but added that the jail terms are to run concurrently.

The Director of Public Prosecution, Gbemiga Adaramola, said that 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.

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.

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.

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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