An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Monday sentenced an Anglican priest, Gabriel Asateru, to five years imprisonment for assaulting a minor.
Delivering judgment, Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde said Asateru, 53, stands guilty and is sentenced to serve a jail term of five years, including that the convict will pay N50, 000 fine as stipulated by the Child’s Rights Law 2005.
Prosecuting counsel Ronke Odetola said the Anglican priest defiled a five-year-old girl on December 23, 2016 at Ifisin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The minister was arrested by the police and moved to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Ado-Ekiti for arraignment.
Odetola said the offense was in opposition to Section 31 of the Child’s Rights Law Cap 7, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2005.
The suit with enlistment number HAD/112/117 was first heard in January 2018 preceding Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde on a one-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Odetola offered the doctor’s report and the defendant’s statement on oath to prosecute her case.
She called three witnesses to affirm against the cleric. Olanrewaju Oluwasola represented the accused person.
In The Same Fate, An Islamic Teacher Has Also Been Jailed For Defiling 35 Boys In Minna
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Minna, Niger State has sentenced a 33-year-old Islamic teacher, Abubakar Abdullahi, to seven years imprisonment for having anal s*x with 35 of his students.
Abdullahi, a resident of Sabon Gari, Kontagora, was accused of unnatural offense, in opposition to Section 284 of the Penal Code Law.
Arraigning Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Ikwoche had told the court that Murtala Abdullahi, a Hisbah commander in Kontagora Local Government, detailed the issue at the ‘A’ Police Division in Kontagora on July 22.
Ikwoche said the complainant claimed that the accused lured 35 of his pupils who are between the ages of nine and 14 into his room and had anal s*x with them on various occasions between March and July.
At the point when the charge was read to him, he pleaded guilty and asked the court for tolerance.
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