Vincent Akande has been sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment without fine for raping a minor by an Edo state Magistrate Court.
The convict was said to have sexually assaulted the 14-year-old girl who is said to be suffering from epilepsy.
Akande, a former vigilante victim was said to have violated the victim at the riverside at Ososo community, where she was fetching stones for sale.
In his ruling, Nosa Musoe, chief magistrate of the Igarra magistrate court, Akoko-Edo, said the accused was “deceptive”.
BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women (BHI), reacting to the judgement in a statement signed by Priscilla Usiobaifo, founder/executive director of BHI, said, “This verdict offers a glint of hope for justice to sexual assault survivors in a country where security agencies, health workers, traditional stakeholders and many first responders show low interest and willingness to sanction sexual offenders. ”
”40 yrs old Vincent Akande did not only sexually assault the 14 years old victim but also threatened her with death.
“He held his hunting gun towards her and threatened to kill her in a similar manner as was a 3yr old sexually assaulted and murdered in the same environs.
“He took advantage of the victim’s vulnerability due to her disability.
“The case of Vincent Akande was reported to BHI on the 22nd of May 2019. The case was transferred to SCIID, Benin on the 29th of May and the matter arraigned in court on the 3rd of June, 2019.
“Vincent Akande’s case brings to fore the Sexual and Reproductive Health challenges of girls with disabilities in Nigeria. Vincent sexually assaulted a 14 years old girl with a medical history of epilepsy.
“The girl lacked basic education due to her medical condition and lived most of her childhood as an Out-Of-School girl. Being Out-of-School and from a poor home, this survivor has a significant vulnerability index.”