A young man, Promise Iwuoala, has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by an Apapa Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for raping a girl (names withheld) in Tedi community, Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The convict, a gateman was arrested by policemen attached to Festac Police Station with the support of Lagos State Domestic and Sexual and Violence Response Team, DSVRT and Family Support Unit and charged to court September 4, on a three-count charge.
Earlier, the victim’s mother said that the convict lured the child with candy and biscuit to his apartment, whenever she was at work. The single mother lamented that the convict had raped the child no fewer than three times in his apartment before the act was discovered.
During the court proceedings, Promise pleaded guilty. Magistrate Adegbite Oluwatoyin sentenced him to 15 years imprisonment and ordered that the victim be taken for counselling and rehabilitation.
Reacting, Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the name and other details of the victim had been captured in the Sex Offenders Register.
She explained that the objective of including the convict details in the register was to serve as deterrence to other residents aiming to perpetrate such act in the state. Vivour-Adeniyi said
“We, therefore, use this medium to implore members of the society to play their role in the fight against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.”