Niger Court sentence Okada rider to life imprisonment for raping female Corps member.
Yahaya Zakka Minna
Niger Court 3, Minna, Niger State,Presided by Justice Abdullahi Mika”ilu has sentenced a commercial motorcyclist, Ugochukwu Unadumene, of Ekosa village, Agaie Local Government Area to life imprisonment for raping a female corps member.
The police had arraigned the motorcyclist otherwise called Kabu kabu rider on a two-count charge and invited eight witnesses while the convict denied the allegation.
On Tuesday, Justice Abdullahi Mika’ilu held that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced Ugochukwu Unadumene accordingly. For the offence of voluntary causing hurt without provocation, Unadumene was sentenced to one year imprisonment without an option of fine. For the offence of rape, he was sentenced to life imprisonment without option of fine. “His application for allocutus was taken and refused,” the judge ruled.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, yesterday expressed satisfaction over the judgement. He said the convict was apprehended and investigated by Agaie Division and later transferred to the State Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Minna.
He said: “It would be recalled that on May 3, 2018, about 11pm, an incident of rape was reported at Agaie Division that a female member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving at Lapai who was conveyed on a motorcycle by the convict on Lapai- Agaie Road was criminally assaulted and raped by the convict, Ugochukwu Unadumene after diverting into a forest