Ini Billie, Uyo
The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has sentenced Mr UduakAbasi Oku Edet, a 45-year-old civil servant to 14 years in prison for defiling his 14 year-old daughter.
It was gathered that Edet, an indigene of Ikot Ekpene village in the Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, repeatedly assaulted and raped his own daughter five times between July 2018 and October 2019 in his Uyo residence.
In another breath, it was said that in one of such incidents, the convict had anal sex with the victim which caused her difficulty in defecating, and also inserted his finger into his daughter’s vagina when she once returned from school for holidays.
The convict was also accused of flogging and stabbing the victim on the head with a knife for taking food from the kitchen to eat without the permission of her stepmother.
The victim told the court that after her father raped her, she started experiencing pains in her vagina, her breasts were swollen breasts, and she started noticing brown and black discharge coming out from her vagina.
Respite, however, came the way of the victim when the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), reported the matter to the police.
The convict was on trial for a two count charge of rape punishable under section 367, and assault occasioning harm, under section 364 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Volume Two, Laws of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, 2000
In his judgment, the trial judge, Justice Bassey Nkanang found Uduakabasi Edet guilty of rape and accordingly convicted him.
“The defendant is hereby sentenced to 14 years imprisonment and same shall be computed from and including the 10th of October, 2019 when the defendant was arrested till and including 3rd March, 2022 when the defendant was admitted to bail by this court.
“Upon reckoning with the aforestated period, the computation of the sentence shall commence today till the entire term is completed. This is the judgement of this Court in this case,” the judge stated.