Father of a 14-year-old girl, Adewale Ibitoye was given a life sentence on Wednesday, November 23, by an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Court in Lagos State for having sex with his daughter.
Moses Okrukpe, a companion of Ibitoye, was also given a life sentence by Justice Abiola Soladoye for defiling the girl and getting her pregnant.
According to Justice Soladoye, the prosecution had a strong case to back up the convicts’ defilement allegation.
The judge condemned the first defendant’s cruel deed of repeatedly having sex with his teenage daughter before giving her to his friend in a false marriage, just for a bottle of gin.
The judge said, “The girl testified that her father had sexual intercourse with her on several occasions and that her father gave her hand in marriage to the second convict after he visited their house and gave her father a bottle of gin.
“She said that the second defendant had sexual intercourse with her which led to pregnancy and the first defendant in his testimony, confirmed that he collected a bottle of gin from his friend as wedding rights.
“The testimony of the girl was vivid and unshaken during cross-examination as the first prosecution witness, a pastor, testified before the court that the girl lost the two-month-old baby due to lack of care and malnutrition.
“The testimony of the third prosecution witness, a police investigative officer (IPO), also confirmed to the court that the victim was 14 years old when she started living with the second defendant as his wife and that he registered her in a local hospital in Ijebu Ode while she was pregnant with the baby.”
A 14-year-old girl cannot give her assent to marriage, according to Soladoye, who also criticized the first defendant for subjecting his daughter to the inhumane situation.
She described the offenders as “beasts in human form” who should spend the rest of their life in prison because they should not be associated with the sensible members of society.
She said, “The first convict who had carnal knowledge of her own daughter is everything a father should not be. This is taboo and incest.
“He gave his underage daughter out in marriage to his friend for a bottle of gin. This is highly irresponsible of him as responsible fathers are out there giving the best education to their children.
“The most pathetic is that the survivor was made to go through torture by making her go through pregnancy at such early age.
“This act is very embarrassing, shameful and animalistic. A father having sexual intercourse with her daughter and passing her to his friend at age 14 over a bottle of gin is unthinkable.
“The convicts are hereby found guilty as charged and hereby sentenced to life imprisonment.”
The judge ruled that the names of the convicted individuals should be entered in the Lagos State Sexual Offenders Register.
According to NAN, the defendants testified as the only witnesses in the case, while the prosecution team, Mr. Olusola Soneye and Ms. Abimbola Abolade, produced three witnesses during the trial.
According to the prosecution, the defendants violated Section 137 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015 by committing the crime in Agbowa, Lagos, sometime in 2017.