Ikeja, Lagos – A 41-year-old vulcaniser, Wasiu Ibrahim, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court for the heinous crime of defiling his wife’s 15-year-old niece.
The verdict was delivered on Friday, September 22, by Justice Rahman Oshodi, who stated that the prosecution had successfully established the charge of defilement against Ibrahim beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to the prosecution’s case, the convict committed this appalling act on January 26, 2017, at approximately 2 a.m. The location of the crime was reported as 61, Abeokuta Street, Ogba, Lagos.
Justice Oshodi emphasized that the convict’s attempt to deny his earlier extra-judicial statement, in which he confessed to the abhorrent act, held no credibility in the face of the evidence presented during the trial.
The judge said, “She had lived with you since she was age 10 and called you daddy, yet this did not deter. You threatened to beat her if she told anyone after having sexual intercourse with her.
“She did not inform anyone until days later after she was found crying at the back of the classroom at Estate Primary School, Ogba.”
The judge said a man like the defendant should be ashamed and punished as the law of Lagos State had zero tolerance for sexual crime.
“The charge of defilement for which you have been found guilty carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.
“I hereby sentence you to life imprisonment and your name be registered in the Sexual Offences Register as maintained by Lagos State,” Oshodi said.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Dr Babajide Martins, appreciated the court for a judgment well delivered.