An Ado Ekiti High Court on Tuesday sentenced a school
Ibitoye, owner of God’s Grace Nursery and Primary School located at Fayemi Market, Agric Olope Area, Ajilosun in Ado Ekiti capital city, committed the offence on June 10, 2013.
Subsequently, the State Ministry of Justice had through a suit number HAD/F11/2013 preferred a one-count charge of rape against the accused person on December 3, 2013.
Ibitoye was caught on the June 10, 2013 in a bush near Fayemi’ market, where he sexually.....
abused the victim under the guise that he was taking her home after the school hours.
On that day, Ibitoye was said to have carried about four pupils in her bus and drove towards a bushy area near the market to excrete, but only to enter the bush with the victim.
Before entering the bush, Ibitoye had sent other pupils on different errands just for his evil intention to materialize .
Sensing danger, some auto mechanics operating within the vicinity had suspected the movement and immediately tip-toed towards the bush where they caught the convict having carnal knowledge of the pupil.
He was later apprehended by the people and handed over to the Police at Ologede station in Ado Ekiti for onward transfer to the police headquarters for prosecution.
The first punitive measure taken against him by Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration was immediate closure of his school which has not been reopened since.
The Chairperson, Federation of International Female Lawyers , Mrs Rita Ilevbaren, who commended the judgement, urged the victims of rape to always speak out, saying silence will never help their course.
Ilevbaren lauded the State Ministry of Justice, the judiciary and the victim’s parents for diligent prosecution of the case, describing this as a landmark in the battle against rape cases in the State.
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