A man in his early 40s has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for rape in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The accused was found guilty of raping his best friend’s wife by the Maiduguri High Court No 11.The judgment was delivered by Justice Alkali Gana Wakil, after it was established that the man, identified as Baba Ghana Mohammed of Damboa Town, Damboa local government area, could not defend his claims of innocence.
Babagana, according to reports from his community is a serial rapist. Luck ran out on him, when he decided to commit the crime closer home, and attempted to rape the young wife of his best friend, whom he visited after her husband had travelled out of town.
According to the Registrar of the court, Barrister Sanda, Babagana was sentenced in accordance with the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code of Nigeria.
Wakil had, while pronouncing the judgment, observed that “the crime of rape has assumed a universal dimension and therefore people should be wary of associates and acquaintances with such evil tendencies”.
The judge described the convict as “a poacher of married women whose act is reprehensible and callous. He is thereby sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour.”
In his defence, Babagana simply described his act as “a mistake”.
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