Court Sentences Sex Offender to Life Imprisonment

A Domestic and Sexual Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, has sentenced one Blessing Okon, to life imprisonment over defilement of a minor.

Justice Abiola Soladoye found him guilty of the offence of defiling a 14 years old girl for more than five years, and sentenced him accordingly.

Describing Okon as shameless, the judge noted that the survivor was consistent in her oral testimony before the court which established that the defendant had been having sexual contact with her since she was nine-years-old.

“This defendant is lacking in compassion he had sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl. There was overwhelming evidence against him as presented by the prosecution. He therefore should pay for his sexual crime.

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Justice Sholadoye noted that the convict is “guilty of Section 137 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos state (ACJL) and is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment without an option of fine.

His name is to be entered into the register of sexual offenders in Lagos State”, the judge said.

Justice Soladoye commended chaplain of the school that reported the incident for having a listening ear to listen to survivor’s worries and complaints and for reporting the matter to the authority without any cover up and urged heads of other schools to do the same.

According to the state prosecutors, Mr Olusola Soneye and Mrs Olufunke Adegoke, Okon committed the offence on September 13, 2019 at Ribadu Road off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

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He was 20-years-old when he committed the offence.

The prosecution presented three witnesses; the survivor, her father and a medical doctor while Okon testified solely in his defence.

The survivor in her testimony, said that the defendant had sexually assaulted her when she was nine-years-old by touching her breasts on two occasions.

She said he eventually defiled her when she was 14-years-old by dragging her to the staircase of her home and having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.








Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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