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Man who raped 3-years-old step-daughter bags life imprisonment

By Ugbede Usman

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A 23-years old Iniobong Moses who raped his 3-years-old step daughter at Ikot Akpa village under Uyo Local Government has been sentenced to life imprisonment by Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo on Wednesday.

Moses was found guilty of rape in the verdict delivered by Justice Okon Okon in line with the Section 367 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. 2 Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000.

Describing the convict, Okon said, “a disgrace to humanity, whose conduct falls abysmally below even the conduct of beasts.” Adding that, “The convict’s indefensible and despicable act has shown that he is callous and devoid of passion”.

He said Moses “does not deserve to walk freely on Nigerian soil and breathe the air of freedom meant for decent members of the society.” “In her childhood and angelic innocence and vulnerability, the victim could even have been looking at the accused gleefully in naivety expecting no hurt from the accused in loco parentis with her.”


Moses who hailed from Afaha Udo Eyop in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of the state, pleaded that he was under alcoholic influence when carrying the act but the court rejected his plea, saying that being drunk is not an excuse in the eyes of the law, more especially that it was self inflicted.

The convict confessed that he “defiled the infant by putting his fingers and penis into the victim’s vagina on 8th November 2019 when his wife left for the market.” “Moses deserves to be put away for a long time from public glare to save innocent children from being further brutalised and ravished by him,” the Court held.


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