One Ajewole Dada roused serious pandemonium at an Ekiti State High Court after he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The 24-year-old convict was tried for robbing, kidnapping and raping two female students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti on 7th November, 2015 along Ikere-Igbara Odo Road.
Dada, a commercial driver, conveyed the two College students in his commercial vehicle but diverted the vehicle to the bush, tied them to a tree and raped them one after the other.
The victims later escaped from the scene and reported the incident at the Ikere Main Police Station along College Road.
He was later apprehended by the police and he was first arraigned at an Ado-Ekiti Magistrate’s Court but the case was transferred to the High Court following an advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The case was brought to the Ekiti State High Court on Friday 11, 2018, where the judge, Justice John Adeyeye, after going through all the exhibits and evidences handed down the verdict, sentencing the accused to life imprisonment.
“The prosecution has not proved the essential ingredients of the offence of robbery against the accused.
“In conclusion and for the avoidance of doubt, the accused was found guilty of the offences of kidnapping and rape as charged in Counts 1,2 and 3 and he is accordingly convicted to life imprisonment,” Adeyeye ruled.
On hearing the verdict, Dada grew emotional, restless and violent, he broke the louvers of the court and stabbed himself with the broken glass and attempted to stab other people inside the courtroom.
It took the intervention of security personnel who grabbed the convict from wounding more people inside the court.
He was subsequently handcuffed and bundled into a waiting Black Maria. Court workers, litigants and other observers were shocked by the convict’s bravado.