An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Tuesday [Mar. 29] sentenced a school proprietor, Ibitoye Babatunde to 10 years imprisonment for raping a 10-year-old girl. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convict is the proprietor of God is Great Nursery and Primary school, Ado-Ekiti.
In his judgment, Justice Mosun Abodunde said that the prosecution had established case of rape beyond reasonable doubt. She described the convict as a pathological liar, randy, shameless adult who is a danger to girl-child around him, including his own female children.
“The court must rise up to give the needed defence to the voiceless children,” she added. Abodunde said that the court cannot watch sexual violence against any one if proved, to go unpunished. “Teachers, proprietors, parents are meant to be destiny moulders and not destiny destroyers or wasters,” she said.
The judge also said that the menace of rape, defilement and sexual assault is on alarming increase in the society. The court found the accused guilty and convicted as charged in accordance with provisions of SS 2(2) Child’s Rights Laws, 2006, Ekiti State, Nigeria.
The judge sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
The State Counsel, Miss Oluseyi Ojo, had told the court that the accused had been assaulting the victim, until he raped her on June 10 in the school premises. She called four witnesses to prove her case, among them the victim, her step mother and a medical doctor. The state counsel said that the convict committed an offence which was contrary to Section 31(2) of the Child Rights Laws of Ekiti State.