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Okada rider bags life imprisonment for raping passenger


A Lagos State High Court sitting at Ikeja has sentenced a 33-year-old motorcyclist (Okada rider), Michael Ahmed, to life imprisonment for raping his 21-year-old passenger on her way to church.

Passing his judgment, Justice Hakeem Oshodi held that the prosecution proved the case against Ahmed beyond reasonable doubt.

“The evidence of the victim is concise and clear, while the defendant’s evidence is distorted before the court.

“He tried to distort the facts in the timing of the incident, how he got to the police station and the name he was called on the day of the incident.

“There is clear evidence before the court that the defendant forced himself on the victim.

“There is also proof before the court that the defendant bit the survivor on the shoulder.

“The defendant is hereby convicted of the two counts of rape and serious assault.

“The court has clearly considered the allocutus presented by the defence counsel.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment, which is the statutory sentence for rape and three years jail term for serious assault”, the judge held, noting that the court had no power to pronounce lesser sentence for convicts of rape.

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