An Ado-Ekiti High Court has sentenced a local government worker, Ojo Ayodele, to life imprisonment for abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl (name withheld).

Ayodele abducted the minor in Ijero-Ekiti and took her to a secret location in the town where he subjected her to continuous sexual assault for 21 days.

Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde in her judgment found Ayodele guilty as charged and sentenced him to life imprisonment for raping the underage girl.

The judge also sentenced Ayodele after being found guilty of abduction. The terms are to run concurrently.

The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Gbemiga Adaramola, prosecuted the case on behalf of the State while the convict was represented by his counsel, Tosin Osundahunsi.

Ayodele was first arraigned on 2nd February, 2016 on a two-count charge of rape and abduction.

The prosecution called seven witnesses during the trial and tendered exhibits which include statements of the victim and the convict, medical report which established the rape, among others.

The convict did not call any witness apart from himself in the course of the trial.

A good Samaritan who saw blood stains on the victim’s cloth took the girl to Ijero Local Government Immigration Office to report the case.

But Ayodele was caught at the council secretariat as the victim identified him there as her abductor who subjected her to serial rape.

The Immigration officers promptly arrested the convict to Ijero Police Station where the case was reported.

The victim was living with her stepmother after her father and mother divorced with the latter relocating to Port Harcourt.

The alleged maltreatment of the victim by her step mother forced her out of the house and she was said to have met the convict who promised to take care of her.

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