Justice Sybil Nwaka, the judge of a Lagos special and sexual offences court, have found a 58-year-old man, Obinna Izegbe, guilty of the defilement of a twelve-year-old primary school pupil.
The Judge convicted Izegbe after he found him guilty of the count charge brought against him by Lagos State.
His conviction is the first since the inauguration of the special and sexual offences court on February 1, 2018.
According to the prosecution led by Mr. B.T. Boye, the convict was arraigned on 12, February alongside two others, Raimi Jimoh (1st defendant) and Kazeem Arowolo Olohunwa (2nd defendant) on a three count charge bothering on defilement.
Boye said the convict, on several occasions, had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old primary school pupil.
He stated that, Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2016 states that anyone who has intercourse with a child should be convicted to life imprisonment.
He added that the State wants a safe environment for our children and this judgement will send a clear signal to people that the state has zero tolerance for such offences.
He noted that it is also a reassurance to people that the State is with them in the fight against sexual offenders.”
He also said that conviction is to assure the survivors (victims) that the State will adequately protect them.
He also urged the victims to speak out because it is the only way to arrest the ugly situation.
Justice Nwaka, however, adjourned the matter till February 21, 2018 for sentencing.