By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Lagos State Sexual Offences Court, Ikeja has sentenced one Nura Asumoge to 25 years imprisonment for defilement of a 13-year old minor in Lagos.
The defendant was earlier arraigned by the Lagos State Government on a one-count charge in 2018.
Nura Asumoge, who plead guilty to the charge, was said to have sent the unsuspecting underaged victim on an errand on 3rd April 2018, on her return, the defendant forcefully had sexual intercourse with the victim and threatened her from informing anyone.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Arinola Momoh-Ayonkanmbi, of the State Ministry Justice, had urged the court to sentence the defendant accordingly having proved beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the offence for which he was charged.
She noted that several evidences brought before the Court by the Prosecution had proved the allegation of the crime levied against the defendant.
The trial judge, Justice A.O Soladoye in her sentencing, stated that the evidences provided by the prosecutors were credible and compelling providing enough ground for the conviction of the defendant.
Justice Soladoye found the defendant guilty of the charge, punishable under section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015) and sentenced him accordingly.
“You are hereby sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the offence of defilement of a 13 year old girl”, Justice Soladoye ruled.
She, however ordered that the Convict, Nura Asumoge’s name be entered into the Sexual Offenders Register in Lagos State.
It will be recalled, that the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the advocacy WALK against domestic violence organised by DSVRT, had emphasised the commitment of the State Government to ensure the safety and well-being of the Girl- Child and women in Lagos State.