It was an end of the road for an Abuja-based Public Servant, Francis Yusuf Kyamang of SS Quarters, Jikwoyi, Abuja, as a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi has sentenced him to life imprisonment for raping his wife’s niece and further assaulted the victim after the abominable act.
The 37-year-old man who, as at the time of filing this report, could not believe the reality of the judgment as delivered by Justice Hassan Babangida of the FCT High Court 32, was convicted under the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, which is applicable within the Federal Capital Territory.
Kyamang is to spend the rest of his life in prison custody without any option of fine.
The latest development came on the heel of the conviction of another four human traffickers by a Federal High Court siting in Enugu for trafficking of minors for labour exploitation and other hazardous activities.
The harvest of convictions came barely 24 hours after the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, read the riot act to human traffickers and rapists in the Country, assuring them that the year 2020 will be tough for them unless they desist from any act that is contrary to the wellbeing of the society.
Report indicated that the victim, a 17-year-old Secondary School leaver, was hired by the wife of the convict to temporarily assist in taking care of her baby having gained admission to one of the Universities in Kaduna.
In her testimony, the victim said on the fateful day, she dropped her niece in school, got back home and met her uncle (the Convict) at home, which she found to be strange.
Her uncle (the convict), asked her series of questions regarding her exams, which she answered.
He further went ahead to ask if she had a boyfriend in the village.
The victim said she does but they are just friends and the uncle asked if she was still a virgin, to which she answered in the affirmative.
Next, he grabbed her, unzipped her dress and forcefully penetrated her virginal.
All her efforts to scream and alert neighbours were abortive as he used a cloth to cover her mouth.
After raping her, he later flogged her and locked her up in the house.
The medical report also showed that she was limping and her hymen had been tampered with.
He was arrested that same day, September 13, 2019, by operatives of the NAPTIP following a tip off, while the case was filed on December 11, 2018 after the completion of investigation.
The convict was arraigned on February 28, 2019 at the FCT High Court Jabi, Court 32 under Justice Hassan Babangida with charge number CR/70/18, under the VAPP Act 2015.
Convict was found guilty and convicted on January 15, 2020 and was sentenced to life imprisonment on January 28, 2020.