A magistrate court has sentenced a police inspector with the Niger State Police Command, Gbenga Fajuyi to 22 years in prison for impregnating his 13-year-old biological daughter, having been found guilty of the offence.
Penpushing reports that the Magistrate, Christy Barau while announcing the sentence, described the police officer as a monster, noting that as a law enforcement officer, he was expected to protect his daughter, but raped her instead.
The convict was found guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse, incest, impregnating a minor and criminal intimidation, while the police prosecutor, Lawrence Owette, told the court that the charges contravened section 18 (2) of the Niger State Child Rights Act 2010, as well as sections 390 25 (3) and 397 B of the state’s penal code.
Penpushing further reports that the prosecutor stated that the 47 year old policeman at some time in 2019, in the Ungwan Nasarawa area of Tafa Local Government lured his biological daughter into his room and forcefully had sexual intercourse with her.
‘As a result, she was put into the family way and delivered a baby girl and (Mr Fajuyi) warned her if she told anybody you will kill her. During the police investigation, you, Gbenga Fajuyi confessed to the commission of the offence. After delivery, he took the newborn baby to a nearby river and strangulated the baby to death’, the prosecutor said.
Penpushing further reports that when the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded guilty, but the court decided to try him due to the serious nature of the offence, hence the magistrate requested that the police prosecutor prove his case and bring his witnesses and evidence.
The police called the investigating officer, the girl and her mother as witnesses, and the victim provided a disturbing picture of her father having sexual intercourse with her at 12 years until he impregnated her at 13 years of age.
‘This is sad that this convict who is a police officer and law enforcement officer saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties or fighting crime in society, one would expect him to go the extra mile to protect his own family’, the magistrate said.
‘But he could be this inhuman toward his own biological daughter; a little girl by putting her through all these horrible experiences and putting her in a family way. Not only her father failed her; equally, her mother did. As a mother, she could not detect that something was wrong with her daughter until the daughter was close to her full-time pregnancy’, the magistrate added.
‘One can imagine the psychological torture this girl went through with no one to come to her rescue, not even the mother who is expected to share a special bond with her children, she eventually left them in the cruel hands of a monster’, the judge stated.
Penpushing reports that the judge while sentencing him, declared that he (Fabuyi) is to spend the next 22 years imprisoned without an option of fine, emphasizing that the sentence is to run consecutively.
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