Rapist Bags Life Imprisonment For Defiling UNILAG Student

An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has sentenced a man, Collins Okechukwu, to life imprisonment for raping and robbing a 25-year-old UNILAG student (name withheld) on the school campus.

Justice Abiola Soladoye described Okechukwu in her judgment as a “pathological liar”, noting that the prosecution proved the charge of defilement against the convict beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The testimony of the defence portrayed him as a pathological liar in the sense that the University of Lagos (Unilag) Guest House was fully booked, and the survivor was sex-starved, which made them have sex on a bare floor.

“This is unbelievable and watery as there is no consent where force is used to have sex. The defendant lured the survivor into the Admin block, brought out a pistol, robbed her of valuables and raped her.

“The evidence of the defendant to have met the survivor at the Guest House and agreed to have sex with him was consistently laced with irregularities and found unreliable.

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“The defendant is found guilty as charged of the two offences and thereby sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and 21 years jail term for robbery. The sentence shall run concurrently.

“He should have his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State Government,” she said.

Sholadoye, in her judgement, cautioned female students in tertiary institutions to be very discerning in giving out their numbers to strangers.

She said, “what manner of a woman is the victim herself? she should desist from giving out her numbers for unnecessary frolicking,”

The State prosecutor called four witnesses, and three exhibits were tendered during the trial.

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According to the Lagos State prosecution counsel, Mr Peter Owolabani, the defendant committed the offence on Dec. 17 2017, at 9.00 p.m., behind the Faculty of Arts Building, University of Lagos.

The prosecutor said the defendant lured the survivor behind the building after they had lodged in the Guest House and raped her.

The defendant also robbed the survivor of her phone, money and gold chain.

He further submitted that the survivor, who later met the defendant a year after the incident, invited him to her “supposed birthday party” and got him arrested.

Wahab Akinlade

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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