Chief Magistrate Olawunmi Makanjuola of an Osogbo Magistrate’s Court on Friday sentenced a 56-year-old man, Samuel Olatoke, to 14 years imprisonment for raping a 14-year-old girl. According to the magistrate, Olatoke was guilty of raping the minor at Abodua Compound, Osogbo, on June 11, 2012.
The magistrate pointed out that the convict committed the offence without the girl’s consent, adding that the offence was contrary to Section 358 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume 2, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
The trial of the convict was made possible as a result of the intervention of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, when the Commissioner, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega, took up the challenge to prosecute rape cases in the state free of charge.
After the conviction, the commissioner charged rape victims to summon the courage and report their ordeals to the ministry, describing rape as a most heinous offence. Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Adegboyega said, “It is saddening and curious that men old enough to be grandfathers are in the involved in the rape of minors.”