Court Jails Three Kwara Students For Gang Rape

Justice Adenike Akinpelu of the Kwara State High Court has jailed three students for conspiring to gang raping a cousin of one of the students.

The court which sat in Ilorin on Monday found the students guilty of two counts of criminal conspiracy and rape of the victim (name withheld) at the Adangba area in the Ilorin East Local Government Area of the state.

The convicts, Omotosho Yahaya (23), who is the cousin of the victim, Mustapha Ahmed (23) and 22-year-old Mustapha Ridwan, are all enrolled as students in a tertiary institution in Kwara State.

Reports say the first defendant (Yahaya) invited two friends to join him in the act while with the victim in the room.

The three boys were jailed for five years each for rape and two years each for criminal conspiracy.

The sentences, which include an additional N50,000 fine to be paid by the convicts are to run concurrently.

Justice Akinpelu held that “The confessional statements of the defendants are clear, unambiguous and equivocal contrary to the argument of their counsel.

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 “No woman in her right senses will consent to and allow three men to have sex with her.”

She described the defendants’ claims that the victim owed them money as a “fairy tale” and pronounced them “guilty as charged.”

The Prosecutor, Muslimat Suleiman, a principal counsel from the Kwara State Ministry of Justice, while reacting to the judgement, said the judge lauded the judge for having ensured that justice prevailed after exhausting the evidence presented before her.

Also speaking, the Director, Office of the Public Defender, Ishola Olofere, who defended the first and second defendants described the judgment as a “good one, though it was against us, looking at the industry exhibited by the judge.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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