Court sentences Osun politician to life imprisonment for raping pregnant woman

Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has sentenced a politician in Osun State to life imprisonment for raping a pregnant woman.

Obafemi Kolawole, a political associate to one Ganiyu Oladiran, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ilesa, was on September 23 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with whipping.

A.B Abdulkareem, the trial judge, while finding Mr. Kolawole guilty noted that although the corroboration of a second prosecution witness was limited to assault, it does not corroborate penetration which is the vital ingredient necessary for rape.

However, the medical report tendered by one Dr. Isawumi corroborated the needed penetration necessary to convict the accused.

The judge thereafter held that Rachel Ojimi, the prosecution counsel and a Chief State Counsel at the Ministry of Justice, had been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

He, however, struck out the charge of indecent assault since it carries a lesser punishment.

According to the prosecution, Mr. Kolawole, on 15th September, 2007, raped a pregnant lady (names withheld to avoid stigmatization), a member of the then Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN (now All Progressives Congress, APC) who was pregnant at the time of the incident.

The event occurred after the 2007 gubernatorial election in Osun State.

The prosecution charged Mr. Kolawole before the State High Court on a two-count charge of rape and indecent assault contrary to Sections 358 and 360 of the Criminal Code cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun.

Four prosecution witnesses were called namely: the pregnant lady, Lawal Sikiru, Dr. A.I Isawumi, and Olatunji Arojo, a police Sergeant and the Investigating Police Officer; while Mr. Kolawole testified in his defence, along with Mr. Oladiran, Adediran Kehinde, Adewusi Olowolodu and Olayinka Alege.

At the trial, the lady said that on September 15,  2007, the convict and his cohorts, who are not Police Officers came to arrest her at her house at about 7:30p.m. for an unknown offence. On sighting them and knowing their antecedents in the vicinity, she took to her heels. The convict pursued, caught up with her, and beat her up.

Having overpowered her, the lady said the convict stripped her naked and raped her, and that when her cry for help became unbearable, he covered her mouth.

According to her, her neighbours in the compound had gone to the Mosque because it was the period of the Moslem fast. Thereafter she was bundled into a waiting jeep to join two other men whom she found in the same predicament as her.

The lady further testified that they were driven to Mr. Oladiran’s house and tied to a tree where the trio were mercilessly flogged; the convict later untied her and plucked out her pubic hair, put it in her mouth and swallowed with dry gin. Thereafter, he went ahead to insert a tin opener into her vagina and poured dry gin all over her body. Then he raped her again.

The second prosecution witness, Mr. Sikiru, testified that on the fateful day, he was one of the two naked men in the waiting jeep; the other was one Gbadamosi Lasun.

He stated further that he had earlier received his own share of the beatings before being bundled naked into the jeep belonging to Mr. Oladiran when the lady was brought in naked, and that the trio were driven to Mr. Oladiran’s house and tied to a tree where they were beaten and the contents of dry gin was poured all over their body.

According to him, the lady was untied by the convict who plucked out her pubic hair, inserted a tin opener into her vagina, before going ahead to pour the dry gin into her (vagina) and then sought the consent of the Chief (Mr. Oladiran) to have another round of sexual intercourse with her.

The Chief consented and she was taken to the boot of the jeep from where they heard her shouting for help.

The medical examination conducted on the lady three days upon presentation after the incident at LAUTECH by Dr. Isawumi revealed that there was penetration and that the swap taken from the defendant was full of alcohol.

It was also discovered medically, that as at the time of the incident the lady was pregnant.

Mr. Arojo, the IPO, on his own part, testified that the lady and others were brought to the State Police Command Monitoring Unit at Okefia by Mr. Oladiran who claimed that the lady, and the others, whom he got arrested were the ones who assaulted him after the April 2007 Gubernatorial Election in the State.

According to him, while receiving the statements of all concerned, and conducting investigation into the matter, it was discovered that Mr. Oladiran’s captives, that is, the lady and the others, were indeed the victims, and the supposed complainants and cohorts were the accused persons and were consequently charged to court.

Mr. Kolawole (the convict) in his own defence, denied the allegations made against him. He admitted going to the lady’s house on the fateful day and arresting her, but denied stripping her naked; rather, he said he handed her over to his colleagues, who drove her and other captives to Chief’s house, where they were later handed over to the police. His other witnesses also admitted that the lady and others were driven to the Chief’s house.

Mr. Oladiran, while testifying for the defence, claimed his co-accused at the Magistrate Court who arrested the defendant and the others were his sympathizers.


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  • Giganto

    “…sentenced to life imprisonment with whipping.” LOL

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    With such horrific revelations and crimes attributed to these dogs, I am surprised that hard labour and no option of parole was not included in the sentencing.

    These are truly beasts.

    • me

      Mr Kay , please do not insult beasts!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Lol, me.

        I do tender my unreserved apologies to beasts!

        The subjects of this discussion are the scum of the earth!!

        • me

          Abomination Mr Kay! The ground will shrink at its bosom and dis em-bowel at this unwanted and intrusion of ignominy. Their likes only belong to the realm of restless ghosts with no place of abode because of the work of their hands, They have no place to rest. Either in the sky or inside the eda which is the ground. Pardon my poor english.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            ah!

            Thanks for rescuing me, me!!

            I was wondering what to call them if even the ground refuses them!!!

            You saved me from further digging.

            But it is truly sad that these are the type that seeks to lead in Yorubaland, nay, Nigeria.

            Frankly, I feel this version of democracy that we are running has only brought out the worst of all of us to the fore.

            Can’t even call them “animals in human skin” anymore! Brigands have taken up our public space and now call the shots across the nation. Where are the good people in Nigeria? They are needed to herald the change we need by getting into the public space.

  • Mosaku 147

    I hope the whipping will be on daily bases until the animal dies. What about the so called chief and the rest of his thugs? PT,please follow up on this case and let us know when they are sentenced.i pray the chief gets to meet the hangman.

    • Wähala

      Hey!
      Not the hangman. Thou Shall Not Kill. Sha, the pimp chief who authorized rape is as guilty as the chump whose tarrantulla actually did the hideous wet job. They’re both guilty as sin but… death is two-wrongs not making a right.

    • ed

      Unfortunately the chief is not facing any criminal charges. The land of injustice.

  • Dan Fulani

    Only in PDP.

  • Wähala

    The sentence should have been “double life” in prison without the possibility of parole. This is because he raped two people (mama ati omo) and in Igbo mythology where I come from, the perpetrator is offered to the gods and ostracized as “osu” or “umeh” after a rigorous traditional ritual to cleanse the land he offended. This oyinbo court system is too lenient for my appetite, I would have castrated the chump before life in prison with daily koboko whipped on his naked ass. Sha, hopefully, fellow inmates will take it from where the judge left off…

    • Habib Rahman

      Perhaps this creep chief gani oladiran a socialite on whose instruction this dastardly and wicked crime was committed should have been treated much the same way as the accused.

    • Wilson

      his name is Obafemi Kolawole

      • Wähala

        Thanks!

  • charles

    It’s an act of betrayal to limit the the ruling to just life imprisonment…those bastards deserve a more sterner ruling….pdp beasts…wolves in sheep clothe.

  • Richard

    The Chief and mentor in crime should be sent to prison too. These animals do not deserve to live among decent human beings. Justice for all.

  • Garba lawan

    That is what PDPigs can do for you! I am wondering why the Almighty God keeps humiliating PDPigs every day from South Africa to rape in Nigeria. Definitely the end is in sight!

  • Rufus

    If truly found guilty, he should have been beheaded in public so that his case is forgotten otherwise he might get a presidential pardon some time in the near future. Barbarians deserve such kind of punishment.

  • Inah Etemfa

    Good Judgement. Atleast, Justice prevailed.

  • damola awoyokun

    Dear Lady, Sorry to hear your predicament; it is brave and great you went to report the case and saw that justice was done. This should be an example to others. No society should condone rape. it is the rapist that should be ashamed not the raped. Law enforcement and Justice sustem in Osun state should also be commended.

    • ed

      Commended only after the charges and conviction of Chief Oladiran and his thugs.

    • Daisy

      She was not the one that reported the incident. The chief and his fellow rapists took her and the other captives to the police station with the intention of using their powers to make the police deal with them after all the assault. The police should be commended for not selling their conscience for filthy lucre as is sometimes the case.

  • Ashibogu

    The State should appeal this conviction. It should be death by stoning! Is there no Sharia Law in Osun State?

  • Osun

    Osun land of Justice, I am happy to be from this state. An Oba was also sentenced and languish in jail for having sex without consent with a Youth Corper from the East of Nigeria. He claimed she was his girlfriend and her accusations was due to misunderstanding. His position did not help him avoid jail. His behavior was not acceptable to his friends and families and they let him pay the price. Strong ethic based on traditional Yoruba sence of Justice still prevail here, but for how long? with the rotten Nigeria encircling us. There is zero tolerance for rapist no matter their position in our society. Victims should report cases and request their identity be protected. A teacher caught in the toilet by another teacher having sex with a student was also jailed. Osun justice ministry is working well in this aspect driven by the people repugnant to this crime.

  • hot head

    Kudos to Rachel Ojimi, the Prosecution Counsel and the Chief State Counsel and her team at the State of Osun Ministry of Justice, some civil servants are still committed., really

  • hot head

    i love this trial Jugde, Justice A.B Abdulkareem, ..”He struck out the charge of indecent assault since it carries a lesser punishment”.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    This will serve as a serious deterrent to other Nigerian politicians who lack respect for law and order while holding public offices.