Sergent Samuel Obeze, the prosecutor said that, the incident happened on May 12, 2019, when Mamuna was by the riverside at Igbetua sieving sands to get some money for the family.
The victim told the court that Akande, a vigilance member, accosted her while she was packing sand from the river and threatened her with a Dane gun before she surrendered to him.
She also reveal that Akande threatened to kill her like a three-year-old girl who was raped and strangled to death by the same river side few weeks earlier, adding that the incident was the third time that Akande would forcefully have canal knowledge of her and threatened to kill her if she dared to report to her parents.
Mamuna said when she could no longer bear the agony of forceful rape she reported the matter to her stepmother and her father who took the matter to the community head.
Haruna Osheku, Mamuna’s father, said the community agreed that Akande should pay a fine of a female goat and N5,000 for his offence but he refused before BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women BHI, took up the matter and he was then charged to court.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Samuel Obeze, maintain that Akande was charged to court for having canal knowledge of Mamuna without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 257 and punishable under section 258 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol. II Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria 1976, as applicable in Edo State.
However, Akande pleaded not guilty to the charge but Magistrate Chief Nosa Musoe, found him guilty and sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The Chief magistrate, in his judgment, described Akande as a cunning man who is deeply deceitful.
I have the privilege of watching the defendant throughout this trial, he is a very cunning man and deeply deceitful. I therefore find the defendant guilty as charged. I have been in this district for the past three years, the rate of rape of young girls is on the rise. I hereby sentenced the defendant to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
I must confess that this is one of the most difficult cases I have to handle in my career as a judge – very difficult and very painful. If you have daughters at home please tell your daughters to keep themselves.
So let this go out to everywhere that this man has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and let those who still engage in raping of innocent girls know that if they get caught there will be no mercy and you are lucky enough that the case is in my court and the law empowers me to give you 14 years; if it was in High Court, for life you will be in prison.
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