A magistrate court sitting in Igarra, Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state has convicted two persons with the third still at large for raping a 16 years old secondary school student.They were convicted for four years with an option of fine N400,000 after pleading guilty for the offence.
The convicts are Monday Ogedengbe and Dauda Iyamah and were convicted on Charge No MIG/16C/2017 presided over by Chief Magistrate A. Abhulimen-Iyoha.
The victim, who is a student of Ososo Grammar School, was said to have been gang raped by three men.
The two convicts sexually violated her without her consent while the third who is said to be at large allegedly covered her mouth and held her down.
The culprits threatened to kill her to prevent her disclosure of the crime.
She was said to have been dragged out of her school compound and gang raped by the two young men with assistance of a third. The culprits were apprehended by the Ososo Vigilante and handed over to the Nigeria Police Igarra Division.
Executive Director Brave Heart Initiative for Youth and Women (BHI) Priscilla Usiobaifo who acted for the victim however expressed reservation on courts giving option of fines for an offence serious as rape.
BHI is a Youth Led NGO promoting Young People’s Sexual/Reproductive Health &Rights. The organisation freely provides tripartite services to rape survivors which include Medicals, Psychosocial and Legal Aid.
She, however, lamented that the victim’s parents insisted on not prosecuting but BHI stood in as guardian with support from the girl’s uncle and Cousin
“BHI strongly condemns the option of fine because no amount can justify such violently traumatic crime but we see this as a victory anyway. The rapists are now convicts and their names will appear on the Edo State Sexual Offenders Register.
“Sadly, no relative of the girl was at the court hearing. BHI Staff, Representatives of the Social Dept, Akoko-Edo LGA were present in court in solidarity with the Survivor. “BraveHeart Initiative calls for a decentralised Family Unit of the Edo State Police Command to ease the investigative process. BHI strongly advocates for the establishment of family courts at all senatorial zones in Edo State.
BHI’s clarion call is for all to join BraveHeart in the fight against all forms of Gender Based Violence.” she said.
She said it is very difficult to get convicts for Sexual abuse all over the world due to the complicated process but said BraveHeart Initiative in its 10 years of work has successfully recorded two cases where culprits were convicted.
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