A 47-year-old father, Godwin Allu has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour by a Benin Chief Magistrate’s Court for defiling his 12-year-old daughter.
The convict, was accused of unlawfully having devouring his daughter
on Nov. 20, at 19 Omono Street, off Stadium road, Benin City.
According to the prosecutor, his offence contravened section 208 of
the Criminal Code, cap 48 Vol .11 of the defunct Bendel State of
Nigeria, 1976, which is applicable to the present Edo state.
The minor had earlier testified that her biological father had slept with her countless times at different occasions.
The victim, who had blood stains on her school uniform, told her
headteacher at Obaseki Primary School, Benin of her ordeal in the hands
of her sex-crazed dad.
The headteacher later reported the case at the Airport Police Station, also in Benin, leading to his summon in court.
He pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Peter Obaseki, while delivering her
judgment yesterday, described the heinous act as cruel for which the
accused deserved no mercy.
He said, “That the accused had carnal knowledge with a 12-year-old child on three separate occasions is bad enough.
“It is heart rendering that he was doing it with his own daughter,
who even had blood stains on her uniform on the day this incest was
“The case of sexual offence in this jurisdiction is not only
increasing, but that of parents defiling their own daughters is also
becoming common knowledge,” the Magistrate said.
Obaseki said, “it is necessary that the court join other stakeholders
in taking a serious stand in order to wipe out this monster before the
society’s moral fabric is completely destroyed.
“For this reason, the convict must be put out of circulation for
sometime so that he would not be able to continue with his bestial
“It is my prayer that God will forgive and change him for the better while in prison.
“In the circumstance, the convict is sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour. There shall be no option of fine.”
The court also ordered the victim to be taken to an orphanage for care and protection.