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February 21, 2024

Rape: Group lauds Lagos bishop’s sentencing

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By Adenike Ayodele

A rights advocacy group, Tonia Bruised But Not Broken Foundation, has lauded sentencing of a Lagos bishop, Oluwafeyiropo Daniels, to life jail for raping his assistant.

The Executive Director of the foundation, Ms Anthonia Ojenagbon, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the judgment was landmark.

NAN reports that Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court convicted and sentenced Daniels on Friday.

Ojenagbon said that the judgment was victory for all survivors of sexual abuse in Nigeria.

According to her, the judgment serves as a deterrent to everyone who manipulates vulnerable girls and women.

She also thanked the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ekiti State Branch, to which the case was first reported in 2020.

She said: “This judgment shows beaming hope that survivors will get justice and perpetrators of this evil act will, one day, find themselves in a place where they will not be able to escape.

“I want to say that this is victory for every survivor of sexual violence and rape case in Nigeria.”

She also thanked the survivors for coming out to testify against the cleric, while praising Lagos State Government for having zero tolerance for any form of sexual and gender-based violence.

Also reacting, the Founder of Stop the Abuse Against Children and Women Foundation, Mrs Toyin Taiwo-Ojo, said that the judgment would restore faith in the church and the entire society.

Taiwo-Ojo, also the lead counsel to the survivors, said that the judgment showed that morality was protected by the judiciary.

The Lagos-based lawyer said: “This is another win for sexual violence and rape survivors.

“We have seen men of God committing this crime over and over again.”

NAN reports that Oshodi also sentenced the bishop to three years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old member of the church.

Daniels was charged on four counts bordering on rape, attempted rape and sexual assault.

Oshodi discharged and acquitted him on two counts. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
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Edited by Ijeoma Popoola

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