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PDP chieftain bags life imprisonment for raping pregnant woman

Published on October 3, 2014 by   ·   26 Comments

Obafemi Kolawole, a political associate to Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, a Peoples Democratic Party chieftain in Ilesa, was on 23 September 2014 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with whipping for rape.

The said Obafemi was alleged to have on 15th September 2007 raped an Action Congress of Nigeria (now All Progressives Congress) member (Tosin Ajakaye, who was pregnant as at the time of the incident) after the 2007 gubernatorial election in Osun state.

Kolawole was charged before the State High Court sitting at Ilesa, on a two-count charge of rape and indecent assault contrary to Sections 358&360 of the Criminal Code cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun respectively in the case of The State Vs Obafemi Kolawole HIL\2c\2009.

The prosecution called a total of four witnesses including Tosin Ajakaye, Lawal Sikiru, Dr. A.I Isawumi and the Investigating police officer Sgt Olatunji Arojo in proof of its case, while Obafemi testified in his defence and called additional four witnesses including Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, Adediran Kehinde, Adewusi Olowolodu and Olayinka Alege.

At the trial, the prosecutor narrated her ordeal that on 15th September, 2007, the convict and his cohorts, who are not police officers came to arrest her at her house at about 7:30 p.m. for an unknown offence. On sighting them and knowing their antecedent in the vicinity, she took to her heels. The convict pursued, caught up with her and beat her up. Having overpowered her, he stripped her naked and raped her.

“When my cry for help became unbearable, he covered her mouth. Unfortunately, those living in the same compound with me had gone to Mosque because it was the period of the Muslim fast. Thereafter he bundled me into a waiting jeep to join two other men whom I found in the same predicament as mine,” she said.

She later explained that they were driven to the home of Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, a PDP chieftain, and tied to a tree where the trios were mercilessly flogged. She said Kolawole later untied her and plucked out her pubic hair, put it in her mouth to swallow with dry gin, and thereafter went ahead to insert a tin opener into her vagina and as well poured dry gin all over her body. There he raped her again.

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Lawal Sikiru who testified as ‘prosecutor witness 2’ corroborated her story. He said 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 on received his own share of beating, and bundled naked into the jeep belonging to Chief Ganiyu Oladiran when Ajakaye was brought in naked. He confirmed that the trio were driven to Chief Ganiyu’s house and tied to a tree where they were mercilessly beaten and the content of dry gin was poured all over their body.

According to him, Ajakaye was untied by the accused who plucked out her pubic hair, inserted a tin opener into her vagina, and as well went ahead to pour dry gin in her (vagina) and then sought the consent of the Chief to have 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 Ajakaye three days after the incident at LAUTECH by Dr. Isawumi revealed that there was penetration and that the swap taken from her was full of alcohol. It was also discovered medically, that as at the time of the incident the prosecution was pregnant.

Sgt Arojo the IPO, on his own part, testified that Ajakaye and others were brought to the State Police Command Monitoring Unit at Okefia by Chief Ganiyu Oladiran who claimed that the trio 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 Chief Ganiyu Oladiran’s captives were indeed the victims, and the supposed complainants and cohorts were the accused persons and were consequently charged to court.

Obafemi Kolawole (the convict) in his own defence, denied the allegations made against him. He admitted going to Ajakaye’s house on the fateful day and arresting her, but denied stripping her naked, rather he handed her over to his colleagues, who drove her and other captives to Chief Ganiyu’s house, where they were later handed over to the police.

His other witnesses also admitted that Ajakaye and others were driven to the Chief’s house. Chief Ganiyu Oladiran, while testifying in defense of the accused claimed his co-accused at the Magistrate Court who arrested the trio were his sympathizers.

The presiding Judge, Honourable Justice A. B. Abdulkareem, while finding the accused guilty as charged, pronounced that although the corroboration of prosecution witness two was limited to assault, it does not corroborate penetration which is the vital ingredient necessary for rape.

However, the medical report tendered by Dr Isawumi corroborated the needed penetration and he thereafter found Kolawole guilty. The learned trial Judge held that the Prosecution Counsel Mrs Rachel Ojimi, a Chief State Counsel, in the Ministry of Justice, has been able to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and consequently convicted the accused. He however struck out the charge of indecent assault since it carries a lesser punishment.

The imports of this judgment are as follows:
(a) Our society is still governed by laws and that notwithstanding the fact that you have perceived that some individuals have wronged you does not give you the liberty or license to take laws into your hands and forgetting the maxim ’UBI JUS IBI REMEDIUM’ meaning, where there is a right, there is a concomitant remedy.

(b) That our courts are still the last hope of the common man, though justice may be slow yet its long hand will surely catch up with the offender no matter how highly or lowly placed or affiliated to a political party.

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26 Comments for “PDP chieftain bags life imprisonment for raping pregnant woman”

  1. DAT

    Good and impartial judge. At least, the common man can still have hope

  2. Tracy

    This is cruel. Why should anyone play politics to this extent? Chief Ganiyu Oladiran should have been given same sentence. A pregnant woman? Where are we going with politics in this country. #PDPOut

  3. paul

    That useless judgement would be reverse soon useless judge APC judges they are going to be force out soon.

    Is this the first rap in Nigeria if at all the she-goat was rap.

  4. Tracy

    Paul should be given life imprisonment along with this clown. At least, you’ve proved that you’re fully PDP. Henceforth your comments will not count

  5. Ette

    This wicked PDP is not limiting its rape to the nation called Nigeria but has since extended it to individuals even pregnant women. May the judgement of God be upon their heads and their families. Let us together say no to further rape of our collective resources and send them packing by next year.

  6. ndifavour

    I do not have faith in all those APC judges. They are corrupt. Why was the traditional ruler accused for raping ibo corper not convicted? This also happened in osun state. The man was let go because of his APC connections. Now they are quick convict this man because he belong to PDP.

  7. This Yariba Rapist went too far. For him to have assaulted a pregnant woman to the extent he did is disheartening and absurd. putting it more aptly, That’s quite an act of cruelty against humanity. However, in a corrupt country like Nigeria, I felt a strong hand of politics in this judgment. Life imprisonment? Could the same judge had given the same sentence to an APC stalwart in Osun? Obafemi Kolawole is rapist, let him serve his sentence. But the Judge must maintain this standard in his future rulings, unless, of course he wants to rubbish his credentials.

  8. ndifavour

    This is APC judgment by corrupt judges. Why was the traditional ruler who raped an ibo corper not convicted? The man was let go because of his APC connections and it also happened in osun state. Now they are quick to jailing this man because he is of PDP.

  9. JD

    Paul is a product of the same circumstance, dont blame him for been antagonistic.

  10. micheal okuns

    i knew it b4 now that nothing good wiil ever come out from pdp,they has came to destroy the country in all means

  11. omoba kolawole kosoko

    An Apostle on this medium predicted the death of this so called and useless Paul. We r waiting patiently to see how he would escape the prediction and if the body of his daughters would not be ravaged by warri hoodlums.

  12. Damilola

    The judge deserve great commenndation, he must have been induced with money but he remained steadfast. Nemesis will catch up with those useless people and their cohorts.

  13. Arise O Compatriot!

    Thank God for unbiased judiciary. Any nation that tamper with sanctity of the judiciary especially on rape or any criminal offence because of politics is inviting anarchy.

  14. Tracy

    Tracy .. Your generation should be sentenced to jail… I see you are a low life prostitute……..Bastard

  15. Paulie

    @Paul, May whatever you you support come to you 10 times.

  16. Gbolahan

    Super cruel human being……………and what does PDP logo got to do with this report?

  17. Derik

    Abeg ake una leave paul oo.. He actually said a good thing for the first time , now i support him

  18. Derik

    What did you idiots have to say when Aregbesola and Tinubu hired thugs from Lagos to burn Chiefs house in Ilesha? House built in 1977 before Aregbesola ever knew what politics is. Political post is just a temporary stage and after that he will be normal like us driving alone on the streets without escorts or drivers.. Let him learn fro past leaders.. In 2007 , Houses and cars were burnt and People were kidnapped and beaten to stupor.. Chief Oladiran was kidnapped,shot at and cut recklessly with Machete and Axe and his body was dumped at the river-side thinking he was dead..All thanks to Eledumare that a good Samaritan saw him and picked him up … On this note, Foolishness has to stop and ya’ll should reason well and think deep if this is just another political judgement or sham stories…I rest my Case

  19. MALLAM SHEHU

    WHY SHOULD THE POLITICS BE INVOLVED IN THIS CASE? THE REPORTED WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER REPORTED SAYING THAT A MAN WAS CONVICTED OF RAPING A GIRL WITHOUT MENTIONING THE PARTY THEY BELONG TO.

  20. Egbe

    Were the statements of all the witnesses doctored? This isn’t about partisanism but about justice!!!

  21. Foluke

    do you pray for your wife or daughter to be raped or treated like this ? pls think wisely !

  22. Derik

    Mallam Shehu. Politics is involved because what started all the issue resulted from the 2007 Election when Aregbesola lost the election including his own ward and hired thugs to disrupt Ilehsa burning houses and humiliating people.. May God judge him for his deeds

  23. Rommel

    So what will happen to the asshole called Chief Ganiyu Oladiran?

  24. edward erapi

    with this kind of Story it shows how really debased APC is.

  25. Derik

    Rommel the question is. What will happen to your father when I tie him down and beat the shit out of your family and generation? Then we can talk ..Animal

  26. Chydy Anjorson

    I wonder where this country is heading to with this type of reportage. Must we politicize everything? Whether a complainant/victim or suspect, what matters is – the facts of the case and ability to adduce them (including relevant evidence) before a competent court of legal jurisdiction. Are we being told that all mortals must belong to political parties to be known? Why making this a sensational one because of immature political promptings? Let the felon face the weight of the law and let us not cheapen the sanctity of the judiciary in the guise of political opposition, please. Nigeria will surely survive!

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