Teacher gets life sentence for raping 7-year-old girl in Ogun

A High Court in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has sentenced 47-year-old secondary school teacher, Ojo Ezekiel, to life imprisonment for raping a seven-year-old girl.

Ojo, who was charged first
On July 1, 2022, he was convicted of rape alone in contravention of Section 3(1) and is punishable under Section 3(2) of the Ogun State Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2017.

Ojo is said to be a teacher at the secondary school, which shares the same premises as the primary school the seven-year-old attended.

The prosecutor, Mr. Olusegun Olaotan, had told the court that the victim’s mother, while bathing her seven-year-old daughter, noticed something was wrong with her private parts.

However, after persistent questioning, the seven-year-old told her mother how she had been sexually abused by the convict

Olaotan in his last statement said: “While testifying in court, the second prosecution witness (PW2), who is the victim, said that the accused pulled her pants to the side before inserting his finger into her vagina.”

“The statements of the third prosecution witness (PW3) (doctor) corroborate the statements of the second prosecution witness. She stated that while examining the (PW2), she found that the hymen of the PW2 was not intact. it was opened by 2cm”

He said that the evidence of PW2 corroborates the fact that she was indeed sexually abused and this is further confirmed by exhibits two and three as well as the evidence of (PW1), the child’s mother, who noticed something happening while she was bathing was wrongly supported with her private part.

Olaotan further disclosed that the victim gave the name of the accused as the only person who repeatedly inserted her finger into the minor girl’s private part four times.

The victim reportedly told the court that the accused usually committed this heinous crime in his car, which was usually parked under a tree after school hours, and that afterward he instructed the victim not to tell anyone or else he would be beaten

Olaotan urged the court to punish the accused for his misdeeds as the evidence before the court was overwhelming and weighty enough to conclude that the accused was guilty of rape and should be sentenced accordingly.

Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, in his judgment, said the prosecutor established a case of rape against the accused and subsequently sentenced him to life imprisonment.