UNILAG alumnus sentenced to 50 years imprisonment for raping and assaulting a 19-year-old student

An alumnus of the University of Lagos, Akoka, John Osagie Otema, has been sentenced to 50 years imprisonment for raping a 19-year-old student of the institution.

Otema was arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offenses court on a three counts bordering on rape and assault occasioning harm contrary to sections 173 and 260 (1) (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

It had reported that Otema was accused of raping two students of UNILAG.

Otema allegedly had sexual intercourse with Student Y without her consent on the 31st of January, 2018 at his home at No, 6, Ajileye Street, in the Bariga area of Lagos.

On the 17th of January that same year, Otema had unlawful sexual intercourse with Student X around DLI in UNILAG and also assaulted her physically by hitting her several times in the face and biting her back.

According to the prosecution, Otema had asked Student X for direction to Moremi Hall and deceived her to enter his car under the pretext of giving her a ride.

It was reported that upon entering the car, Otema locked the doors and drove to DLI, where he assaulted her by punching her in the face several times, biting her back, ordering her to undress and taking pictures of her naked.

The prosecution called six witnesses during the trial, which included the two victims.

Delivering her judgment on Monday, Justice Abiola Soladoye found suspect guilty of raping and assaulting Student X, while she absolved him of the charge of raping Student Y.

Justice Soladoye said that the testimony of Student Y was mischievous, adding that she would not have claimed that Otema raped her if he had paid her the N50,000 agreed upon.

Soladoye also said that in addition to the medical report and photographs, Student X, while giving her evidence, identified Otema as the person who bit her back and punched her eyes.

“The defendant , John Osagie Otema , in respect of count one is found not guilty , as there is overwhelming evidence before the court that sexual intercourse between the defendant and PW 2 ( Student Y ) was consensual , as it was friendship with benefits .
“For count two, the defendant is found guilty and is hereby sentenced to 50 years in prison as the evidence adduced before this court has been proved beyond any reasonable doubt by the prosecution .
“With regard to count three , the defendant is found guilty and is hereby sentenced to three years in prison , as the prosecution has done its job diligently by proving the charge beyond any reasonable doubt. The sentence will run concurrently.” Justice Soladoye said.

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