Azeez Baruwa, a former lecturer at the University of Lagos has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for raping an admission seeker.
In the unfortunate rape incident which took place in 2015, Azeez Baruwa raped an 18-year-old in Room 8 at the faculty of Business Administration Annex.
Meanwhile, the girl scored 211 in her UTME, which according to her parents wasn’t enough to secure her admission into the university of Lagos to study Mass Communication.
Consequently, the victim’s father approached Azeez Baruwa to solicit for help. That became an avenue for Baruwa to lure her to the location of the rape.
The victim reported the incident to her parent. Thereafter, a rights group took up the case which led to Azeez losing his job and being charged court.
The Lagos High Court judge, Justice Oyefeso, who delivered the judgement said, “The offence committed against this young lady was a violation of her chastity, which would have left huge emotional scars from which I pray and hope she will recover.
“I cannot begin to imagine the physical and mental trauma she has had to endure from the man whom she considered her father’s friend, a community leader who should have known better. This is a shame.
She continued, “This is a crime that not only offends the survivor, it offends her family, it offends the society at large, it also offends God.
“I find you, Baruwa Afeez Akin, guilty of the one count of rape contrary to Section 258(1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011, and hereby convict you accordingly.
“In line with Section 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011, Baruwa Afeez Akin is hereby sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment,” Justice Oyefeso added.