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UNILAG lecturer sentenced 21years for rape

Justice Josephine Oyefeso of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja has sentenced Dr Afeez Akin Baruwa, an ex-lecturer of the University of Lagos (Unilag), to 21 years in prison for raping an 18-year-old admission seeker (name withheld).

The convict, a 45-year-old father of two and former part-time lecturer in the Department of Accounting in UNILAG, was convicted and sentenced on a one-count charge of rape.

According to the prosecution team led by Dr Yhaqub Oshoala, the former lecturer raped the teenager on July 23, 2015, in Room 8, at the Faculty of Business Administration Annex building, UNILAG.

A friend of the teenager’s father

Dr Oshoala who is the Director of the Directorate of Public Prosecution had told the court that the convict, who was a friend of the teenager’s father, was requested by the man to help his daughter to secure admission into the institution.

The prosecutor added that the rape occurred when she (the victim) was in Baruwa’s office to make arrangements for her admission into the university.

The prosecution, however, closed its case against the former lecturer on January 23, 2018 after calling four witnesses including the alleged victim, her father, a medical doctor and the investigating Police officer.

Baruwa testified solely in his defence on May 31, 2018 on the claims that he had consensual sexual intercourse with the teenager.

The convict had testified, in his evidence, that the complainant was his girlfriend and that she seduced him in his office on the day the alleged offence occurred.

The offence of rape violates Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Justice, Laws of Lagos State 2011.

However, while delivering judgement, Justice Oyefeso said, “the defendant, who appears to be first time offenders, clearly understood the gravity of the offences and the consequences of his action.

Wahab Akinlade

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