Teacher gets life jail for raping pupil

Shadowed lady used to illustrate the story.

An Edo State High Court sitting in Benin City has sentenced a primary school teacher to life imprisonment for serial raping of his pupil.

The teacher, 35-year old Bright Asiruwa, was convicted for defiling an 11-year old primary school pupil in 2007 in a trial that lasted about seven years.

The convict was a teacher to the victim at the time the incident occurred.

During the trial, prosecution counsel, Nelson Okojie, told the court that Mr. Asiruwa defiled the victim in the premises of Osazuwa Primary School, situated in Ehor, the administrative headquarters of Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State.

Before announcing the sentence that silenced some section of the court and made the other to leap for joy in salute of a long-awaited judgment, Justice G. O. Imadegbelo, said Mr. Asiruwa was guilty of the rape charge beyond reasonable doubts.

The judge therefore sentenced him to life imprisonment, notwithstanding his plea for mercy.

The trial that began at a High Court in Abudu in 2008 was subsequently transferred to the Benin Judicial Division, where judgment was eventually entered during the week.

Addressing the media later, an elder brother of the victim (whose name is being withheld so the family is not stigmatized) applauded the judgement as one that satisfies the family’s long wait for justice.

He said, “As a matter of fact, I am happy and I give glory to God that justice is done today by the court; because from the beginning of that case, we have been praying that what we need is justice.”


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  • plassy

    The article is a mixed grill, clearly articulated but not facto-richly rendered. The motif of slow motion is shown without consideration of factual hindrances to expediting courses of action. Caution is the word for Nigeria. Yes, Nigerians want Buhari and the replay of 1982/83. The writer may have juxtaposed military action to civil action for elucidation. Further, the writer painted the Goodluck Jonathan media outlook very wrongly and does not even understand the APC/ Buhari media-phony propagation to this day, and to the disadvantage of Nigeria. The Boko Haram issue is a national problem orchestrated by Islamic ideals but Biafran needs to be met by attitude akin to that of Gen Yakubu Gowon after the war (no victor, no vanquished). And Nnamdi Kalu is not a form of Boko Haram and the people of South East do not intend to give Buhari any form of Boko Haram. It is very pathetic to observe a line like: “Kukah and fools”. Such rendition leaves the writer with so much to be desired for the good interest of Nigeria. In every strict sense, a call for an outright overhaul of Nigeria, would have been a difficult one to make noting how the 2015 election that brought Buhari to power was run and conducted. In every sense of the word, it was flawed! So, should Nigerians embark on a mass action and sack all those elected (Buhari himself agrees that kids and things voted for him and the Nigerian national television showed clips that tallied to that claim)? Agreed, Nigeria requires a swift purge, yet, the Kukah’s are very relevant in the stability of the nation. I don’t intend to make this a rejoinder, but a tiny bit of encouragement to the writer to try to understand Nigeria better and inform the public from a broader perspective of understanding. A cursory critique of the present Minister for Information and Culture, all the appointments made before the ministerial appointments, selective probing, attempts to make the legislature a party outfit other than a national body (the writer himself believes the President should have used the big stick, which in fact, the President does not posses, to compel obedience to party instead of the nation.). Sound critique of the system and objective panacea would go a long way, helping to mold a better Nigeria.

    • WilliamWilberforce

      I guess you have mixed the issues far more unpalatably than the writer you criticise. What comes through in your expose is not a broader understanding of issues than the writer. It is your sympathy for a diametrically opposed viewpoint. Your view on Biafra and Kukah is diametrically opposed to that of this writer. Your view of a flawed Nigeria arrangement is not a broad understanding but a failure to see the true story – bad governance. With good governance, every one would have been praising Lord Lugard now. In my own opinion, the writer is not right on many issues. Indeed, I disagree with him on some issues too. But that does not mean I have a broader understanding of Nigeria’s problems. Thank you.

      • plassy

        You made a few points. However, I’m not one that might dwell on myopia and refuse to perceive a true story of bad governance. Especially, because I have seen good governance. Therefore, I would not indulge in the pretense that any write up that mentions some of the ills of the immediate past Nigerian government is an embodiment of all that is desirable to be said. And attack on the present President on issues that ordinarily is not his office to address, makes very little meaning to me. If I have to write an article, I sure would, bring to bear a broader understanding of Nigeria which, I certainly may not do in a few lines rapprochement to another writer.

        • WilliamWilberforce

          That is correct and I believe too that it cannot be done in one article. I am saying this because I have followed this writer closely and I know that he has a very broad understanding of Nigeria.

  • Daniel

    I cannot give what I do not have. So this writer should NOT be disappointed at me… LOL