Two computer instructors in a popular computer training centre in Nkemba Street, Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State who gang raped a 17-year-old girl in Eda Street, Uyo
have been sentenced to 14 years in prison each.
The rape incident occurred on 19th February, 2018.
They were convicted this morning by the Akwa Ibom State High Court
sitting in Uyo.
The convicts are 20-year-old native of Ikono and 20-year-old native of Ituk Mbang in Uruan Local Government Areas of the State.
Justice Okon Okon Convicts Two Rapists in Akwa Ibom State
Justice Okon Okon found the accused guilty of rape and convicted them without any option of fine.
He held that the convicts cooked rice with leaves which the Police suspected to be Indian hemp for the minor who was their computer student and upon eating it, became weak and drowsy, an opportunity they used to rape the girl.
17 year Old Rape Victim Receives Justice Akwa Ibom State
Today justice has been served, the perpetrators warning up to serve their terms, which will serve as a deterrent to others.
It is quite worrisome, the prevalence of rape cases in the present day society and just last weekend Akwa Ibom women in all the 31 Local Government Areas of the State took to the streets, campaigns against rape and other gender based violence.
Civil Society Organisations in Akwa Ibom State Calls For activation of Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law
Not to long ago, a group of Civil Society Organisations
in Akwa Ibom had called on Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to expedite action to ensure the implementation of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law with life imprisonment penalty for offenders without parole.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel Assents To Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law
Impressively, Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has given assent to Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) law, 2020, sequel to its passage by 7th Assembly, of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
Rapists In Akwa Ibom To Face Life Imprisonment Penalty
Henceforth, rapists will face life imprisonment in Akwa Ibom State, while other gender based violence perpetrators shall be made to face the wrath of the law, accordingly.