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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

Lagos: Driver jailed for life for abducting, defiling minor

Lagos: Driver jailed for life for abducting, defiling minor

Abdul Hudu, a 24-year-old commercial driver, was sentenced to life in prison by an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court on Monday for defiling and kidnapping a 10-year-old girl.

Judge Rahman Oshodi ruled that Hudu's two charges of abduction and defilement had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution.

On count one, the defendant received a two-year jail term; on count two, he received a life sentence.

In his ruling, Oshodi found the case's circumstances upsetting, noting that Hudu had brutally taken the 10-year-old girl away from her parents' protection and care for three excruciating days.

“Her father could not eat and her mother cried incessantly, sick with worry over their missing child.

“The callous disregard you showed for a child’s well-being, the emotional torment inflicted on her parents is shocking.

“Worse still, during those three days, you repeatedly defiled and sexually assaulted this vulnerable young girl at the tender age of 10.

“She experienced unthinkable trauma and violation at your hands, which no child should ever have to endure and her innocence was stolen.

“Throughout this trial, you have shown no remorse; you lied blatantly in your testimony, denying the clear evidence against you, including your prior statement to the police.

“The web of falsehoods you spun to evade responsibility only compounded your culpability.

“This is a severe case of child abduction and defilement and the law views the offences as deserving of severe punishment to reflect society’s abhorrence to punish the offender and to protect other children from suffering a similar fate,” the judge said.

He further maintained that the fact that the prisoner was an inexperienced criminal did not negate the earlier findings.

“In light of the gravity of the offences, the aggravating features and the absence of remorse, I sentence you as follows:

“On count one, the offence of abduction contrary to section 141, I sentence you to two years imprisonment and it shall commence on the date of your arrest, July 23, 2019, as shown in exhibit A-A1.

“On count two, the offence of defilement contrary to section 137, I sentence you to the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and you shall also be registered as a sex offender.

“The sentences are to run concurrently. You will serve your custodial terms at the Maximum-Security Custodial Centre or wherever the Nigerian Correctional Service may direct you,” Oshodi ruled.

The judge declared that the prisoner's evil deeds were what brought about his sentence.

Oshodi said, "I hope you will use your time in custody to reflect and reform."

Oluchi Nwoke-Okoi, a nurse with the Women at Risk International Foundation, was one of the three witnesses that State Lead Counsel Babajide Boye summoned, according to NAN. The survivor and her father were also there.

But the only witness for the defence was the convicted criminal.

We obtained certified copies of his July 23, 2019, extrajudicial statement, which is designated as exhibit A-A1.

The prosecutor said that the defendant committed the act on June 30, 2019, on Adekunle Street, Idi Araba, Mushin, Lagos.

He informed the court that the child was returning from a nighttime errand when the inmate knocked her unconscious and abducted her.

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