Lagos Court sentences Ex-UNILAG Student to 50 Years For Rape

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A Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court sitting in the Ikeja area has sentenced an alumnus of the University of Lagos, John Otema, to 50 years imprisonment for raping a 19-year-old student of the institution on campus.

Mr Otema, a 34 years old Quantity Surveyor and Facilities Manager, was charged before Justice Abiola Soladoye on three counts of rape and assault occasioning harm on two female students.

Otema was found guilty on two of the three counts of rape and assault occasioning harm in respect of the rape of the 19-year-old student (identified as student X) and was found not guilty on a charge of raping another 20-year-old student (identified as Student Y) of the institution.

In convicting Otema of rape and assault occasioning harm of student X, Justice Soladoye noted that in addition to medical evidence and photographs tendered by the prosecution, student X had also identified the defendant as her assailant who bit her back and punched her eyes.

Otema was therefore sentenced to 50 years imprisonment by Justice Soladoye for the rape and three-years for the assault; both sentences are to run concurrently.

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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