A 59-year-old man in Lagos, Nigeria, has been sentenced to double life imprisonment for sexually abusing his two daughters for nine years. The man, identified as Eze Chukwuma, was found guilty by the Lagos State Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.
The court heard that the defendant had been engaging in incestuous relationships with his two daughters after the death of their mother in 2008. The survivors revealed that their father began sexually abusing them when the eldest was just nine years old. Despite reporting the abuse to their kinsmen in their village, no action was taken.
The abuse continued until the second child reported the incidents to her school authorities, which led to the involvement of the Lagos State Ministry of Education and social workers. Chukwuma was subsequently arrested, and the survivors were placed in an orphanage.
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During the trial, Chukwuma admitted to the acts, expressing remorse for his actions. The judge, Justice Abiola Soladoye, condemned the defendant’s conduct, describing him as a disgraceful father who deserved life imprisonment. She handed down a life sentence on each of the two charges against him and ordered that his name be added to the Sexual Offences Register of Lagos State.
The prosecution presented five witnesses during the trial, while the convict testified as the sole witness. The judge commended the survivors and their school authorities for speaking up and reporting the abuse to the relevant authorities.
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