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Sexual Offences Court Sentence Rapist To Life Imprisonment

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An Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has sentenced a middle-aged artisan, Gbenga Olasunkanmi to life imprisonment with no option of any fine for defiling a 12-year-old customer in his shop.

The presiding judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye handed down the sentenced after finding him guilty of a charge of defilement of a minor proffered against him by the Lagos State Government.

Justice Soladoye noted that the evidence of the prosecution witnesses have been compelling, consistent and the prosecution has proved the offence of defiling a child under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.

The judge ordered that the convict name, Gbenga Olasunkanmi, should also be registered in the Sex Offenders Register kept by the Lagos State Government.

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“Pouncing on an innocent young girl should be something that should be condemned in all ramifications as she has now suffered emotionally and psychologically.

“This callous defendant is mean and vicious and is not fit to live in a sane society.

“The defendant having been found guilty of the offence as charged, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment with no option of any fine” the judge ruled

According to the state prosecutor, Mr Peter Owolabani, the convict who is a bag repairer, committed the offence at 5pm on Sept. 6, 2017 at Isolo, Lagos.

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The survivor had gone to repair her schoolbag and when she returned her mother noticed that the bag was not properly repaired and told her to return to the artisan to properly repair the bag.

“After he repaired the bag for the second time, as the survivor was leaving, the convict pulled her back and forcefully defiled her in his shop,” the prosecutor said.

During the trial, three witnesses- the survivor’s father, the survivor and a medical doctor testified for the prosecution while the convict testified solely in his defence.

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Police Arraigns Herbalist Over Stealing of Human Parts

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A herbalist, Kolawole Sikiru, has been arraigned before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly breaking into a cemetery and cutting up body parts.

The accused who resides in the Ikorodu area of Lagos is facing a three count charges of forcible entry, misconduct with regards to the corpse, and receiving fraudulently obtained property.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Police prosecutor, Insp. Modupe Olaluwoye, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 12.30 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2021, at Sabo Cemetery, Ikorodu Road, Lagos.

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She said that the defendant snuck into the cemetery and cut out human parts from a freshly buried corpse.

Insp. Olaluwoye said the defendant was apprehended with a locally made wooden knife and a nylon bag containing two human hands, a piece of human flesh and human heart parts.

The police said that it was the cemetery security guard that caught the defendant when he was climbing out of the cemetery through a fence with the human parts in his possession.

She said the alleged offences contravened Sections 52, 165 (a) (b) (c) and 328 (1) (2) {a} {b} of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

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The Chief Magistrate, Mrs L.Y. Balogun, granted the defendant bail in the sum of two million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Balogun said that the sureties must be gainfully employed, reside within the court jurisdiction and must produce evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She added that the sureties must have their addresses verified by the court and show national proof of identification.

She adjourned the case until Feb. 9, for mention.

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Babalawo Gets Life Imprisonment Over Defilement Conviction

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A traditional healer, (Babalawo) Prince Tom has been sentenced to two life sentences by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court for abducting and defiling the 15-year-old daughter of his patient.

Justice Abiola Soladoye sentenced Tom after finding him guilty of a two-count charge of defilement and kidnapping.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Soladoye said that the evidence of the first prosecution witness (the survivor) was consistent and remain unshaken during cross-examination.

The judge noted the evidence of the second prosecution witness (survivor’s mother) and other witnesses also corroborated key facts of the survivor’s evidence.

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“The defendant is toxic in character, he used the name of God to deceive his victims, he is mean and callous.
His attitude even while in the dock is wicked, deadly and nonchalant.

“The defendant extorted the mother of the victim and brainwashed the family that he will heal their sick breadwinner.

“A note of warning to parents not to entrust their wards to strangers. This is a case of mans inhumanity to man.

“The prosecution has proven it’s case beyond reasonable doubt. In view of all evidence presented in court, I am convinced that the accused is guilty of these two- counts.

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“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment for count one (defilement) and life imprisonment for count two (kidnapping). The sentences are to run concurrently,”
the judge said.

Testifying on June 22, 2021 the survivor told the court that she met Tom for the first time when he came to her family to treat her father who had suffered a stroke.

She said he was introduced to the family through a member of her mother’s church.

She said the convict had charged N25,000 as part of the fee to treat her father and she was instructed by her mother to go with Tom to a Point of Sale (POS) to withdraw the funds.

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She said she was abducted by the convict who thereafter called her mother to demand “transport money” for her to return to her family and her mother sent N10,000 (N5,000 in two tranches) to meet Tom’s demands.

The witness narrated that Tom took her to Osmak Hotel, Mushin Lagos where he defiled her at gunpoint. He fell asleep after the defilement leaving the room key on the bed.

The teenager said that using the key, she escaped from the hotel room and alerted hotel staff to her ordeal.

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Alleged N6.5bn Fraud: Court To Rule on Mompha Bail January 18

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Justice Mojisola Dada of a Lagos Special Offence Court in Ikeja has ordered remand of social media celebrity, Ismaila Mustapha known as Mompha in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) custody pending hearing of his bail application.

The judge ordered his remand after he was arraigned on an eight count charges which borders on aiding internet fraud and being in possession of fraudulent documents.

However, when the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty to all the allegations.

The prosecutor counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo asked court for a trial date.

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The defendant counsel, Gboyega Oyewole, SAN, who led Ademola Adefolaju and Kolawole Salami
informed the court that they have filed a bail application and same has been served on the prosecutor.

Responding to the bail application, Mr. Oyedepo asked for time to respond to the application.

After entertaining submission of counsel’s, Justice Dada adjourned till January 18, 2021 to hear and rule on the bail application.

Mompha had earlier been charged before Justice Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos vide charge No FHC/L/413C/19 by the EFCC and was subsequently admitted to bail .

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