Ondo pastor jailed 18 years for impregnating 16-year-old girl
Ondo State High Court has sentenced Pastor Famakinwa Ajayi of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayede Ogbese in Akure North council area of the state to 18 years imprisonment for defiling and impregnating a 16-year-old girl.
The 61-year-old Pastor was charged to court on a two (2)-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child, contrary to Section 31(1)of the Child’s Rights Law of Ondo State and sexual abuse and exploitation contrary to Section 32 (1).
It was gathered, however, that the victim later gave birth for the defendant.
The Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions for the Ondo State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Helen Falowo filed the lawsuit with case number AK/195C/2021 on behalf of Ondo state government.
The defendant was released and acquitted on Count 2 by Justice Yemi Fasanmi, but he was found guilty on Count 1 and was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in jail.
The incident was said to have happened in his home in Ayede Ogbese township, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, where the victim’s family was a tenant.
Falowo said the defendant defiled and frequently had carnal knowledge of the victim.
The defendant was also accused of raping the victim at the market square, where he took her under the pretense of rescuing her from demonic spirits.
“He continued this dastardly act unabashedly until the innocent minor became pregnant in October 2021.
The defendant, however, confessed to having slept with the victim once in his living room before he was charged in court.
This development, meanwhile, had made the Ayede Ogbese Women Vanguard of the town, a renowned women/human’s rights, and wife of the monarch, Olori Olufunmilayo Nejo-Oluyede, when informed to take the victim, sent her back to school and agreed to sponsor her education.
She also gave an undisclosed amount to the victim’s mother to start a small business to enable her to cater to the needs of the baby, whom she christened “Peter.”
It was learnt that the victim had dropped out of school before then and took to hawking pure water on the Ayede Ogbese Akure-Owo highway alongside her mother.