An Akure High Court has sentenced one Kolawole Apoti to life imprisonment for having sex with his teenage niece and three others.
His niece was said to have lured other teenage girls to his house where he forcibly had sex with them and gave them N100 afterward.
The convict was said to have been in a sexual relationship with his niece for a long time before she started luring other victims to him.
All the victims are students of St Michael Catholic High School, Akure.
Kolawole’s indiscretions were revealed when the girls fought over the money he gave to one of them and the school principal got wind of their escapades.
One of the victims in her statement during the trial said: “The man struggled with me to remove my pant. He forced himself on me and penetrated my private part. Something like water came out which he used a red cloth to clean up.
Thereafter, the man gave me N100 and warned me not to tell my parents, otherwise, I would die. I forgot a pair of stockings in his room. When I went back for it, he slept with the theme again.”
The prosecution led by Bunmi Koyenikan called four witnesses, including the Vice-Principal, Administration of St. Michael Catholic High School, Mrs Ayibiowu Caroline Oluwatomisin, in the course of the trial.
The girls said they did not tell their parents that they were raped because they were being threatened by the accused person.
Kolawole, who denied the allegation of unlawful sexual intercourse said the girls consented to the sexual intercourse after which he gave them money.
But the court held that the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant raped the girls who are children.
The presiding judge, Justice Olutoyin Akeredolu, found Kolawole guilty as charged and sentenced him to life imprisonment.