A school proprietor, Mr Babatunde Ibitoye, has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment without option of a fine by an Ado-Ekiti High Court on Tuesday for raping a 10-year old, who was his pupil as at the time the offence was committed. Mr. Ibitoye, owner of God’s Grace Nursery and Primary School located at Fayemi Market, Agric Olope Area, Ajilosun in Ado Ekiti, capital city, committed the offence on June 10, 2013.
The Proprietor was caught on the June 10, 2013 in a bush near Fayemi market, where he was said to have sexually abused the victim under the guise that he was taking her home after school hours. On that day, Ibitoye was said to have carried three other pupils in his bus and drove towards a bushy area near the market to excrete, but only to enter the bush with the victim.
Before entering the bush, Ibitoye reportedly sent other pupils on different errands. But some auto mechanics operating within the vicinity suspected him and immediately tip-toed towards the bush where they caught the convict having carnal knowledge of the pupil. He was apprehended by the people and handed over to the Police at Ologede station in Ado Ekiti for onward transfer to the police headquarters for prosecution.
The State Ministry of Justice had, through a suit number HAD/F11/2013, preferred a one-count charge of rape against the accused person on December 3, 2013. In her brief judgement, Justice Toyin Abodunde, said evidence by the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt that the convict had sexually abused the victim.
Justice Abodunde upheld the argument of the Department of Public prosecution, DPP, and the victim’s evidence to the effect that the defendant was caught at the scene of the incident and could not have denied knowledge of the offence. The Ekiti state government then of Governor Kayode Fayemi had immediately ordered the closure of the school and it has not been reopened since then.