A foodstuff seller, Chidi Ibiam, 27, was yesterday sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by an Ikeja High Court for defiling a six-year-old girl. They worship in the same church.
The presiding judge, Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, found the convict who lives at Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos, guilty of one-count charge of defilement.
The judge held: “I have noted all the relevant facts of this case before me. The defendant is, hereby, found guilty of the crime of defilement and is sentenced to 21 years in prison.”
During the trial, the prosecution, led by state counsel, Mr Adebayo Haroun, had told the court that Ibiam committed the offence on December 15, 2012, and was caught after the victim reported the assault to her mother.
According to the prosecution, the convict is well known to the victim’s family as he was a neighbour and fellow church member.
Testifying before the judge, the six-year-old girl (names withheld), had told the court that the defendant had unlawful carnal knowledge of her on 12 different occasions: at a shop, a neighbour’s house, among other places.
The victim referred to Ibiam’s genitals as “tom tom” throughout her testimony.
Ogunsanya, who noted this fact in her judgement, admonished parents to start teaching their children the rightful names of male and female genitals.
She said: “Parents should teach their children the right names of genitals and give their wards proper sex education.”