THE Court of Appeal in Abuja, has upheld the conviction and sentencing of a pastor, Apostle Basil Princewill for raping a 14-year -old girl and attempting to abort the resultant pregnancy.
Reading the judgment of a panel of three on Tuesday, Justice Stephen Adah said the appellate court found nothing wrong with the judgment given on June 25, 2019 by Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Justice Baba-Yusuf, had in the judgment, convicted Princewill, Founder and General Overseer of the Mountain Mover Fire Ministry of International, Nyanya, Abuja, on two out of the four counts contained in the charge on which he was tried.
Princewill was sentenced to seven years for rape and five years for attempting to procure abortion, a decision he appealed to the Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man, Kinsley Ama Orji in Ekoli Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, has been arrested for allegedly defiling an 11-year-old girl in the area, Chioma (Surname withheld).
Orji was said to have defiled the victim inside his room at the weekend when he called her to sell moi moi to him.
The suspect was said to have inserted an object to the girl’s private part after defiling her and threatened to kill her if she discloses the act to anybody, but Chioma started having health issues after the defilement including stomach upsets and swelling around her bruised part forcing her parents to become worried.
The parents persuaded her to disclose what was making her sick after taking her to a local clinic in the area which worsened her case and shel finally confessed and narrated what happened to her and the matter was reported to the community who went and arrested her assailant and handed him over to the police.
Reacting to the incident, the Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA) and a non-governmental organisation, Save the Next Child Foundation vowed that they would secure justice for the victim.