The Lagos Sexual Offences & Domestic Violence Court in Ikeja on Monday, April 17, sentenced Kehinde Gabriel to life imprisonment for raping a 3-year-old girl.
The court found him guilty of the one-count charge of defilement after the prosecution established the essential ingredients of the offence.
Justice Ramon A. Oshodi stated that the defendant in case ID/8392C/2018 is a person of no truth who has no remorse for what he did.
The judge said the act, which violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law 2015, was unjustifiable and handed Gabriel the maximum punishment.
The name of the convict will be registered in the Sexual Offenders Register maintained by the Lagos State Government.
Reacting to the judgement in a statement on Tuesday, April 18, the Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA, reiterated the state’s zero tolerance for similar offences.
“There is help for survivors even as we remain committed to ensuring perpetrators are held accountable for their actions,” the statement read.
The agency charged citizens to continuously break the culture of silence and report any case of domestic or sexual violence via its toll-free line.