By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
It was an unhappy situation for the Church of God as an Anglican Church priest, Reverend Gabriel Asateru, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Ado-Ekiti High Court for raping a minor.
Rev Asateru, who had earlier fled after defiling a five-year-old girl, was later apprehended by the police and transferred to the Criminal Investigations Department, CID, Section in Ado Ekiti.
Asateru, 53, committed the offence on December 23, 2016, at Ifisin Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The suit was first heard in January 2018 before Justice Oluwatoyin Abodunde on a one-count charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.
According to the charge sheet, the accused committed the offence contrary to Section 31 of the Child's Rights Law Cap 7, Laws of Ekiti State Nigeria, 2005.
Delivering her judgment, Justice Abodunde said the accused person stood guilty and accordingly convicted to serve a prison term of five years and to also pay N50, 000 fine as stipulated by child's rights law 2005.
At the hearing stage, the prosecuting counsel, Ronke Odetola, from the office of Department of Public Prosecutions, DPP, tendered the doctor's report and the defendant's statement on oath to prosecute her case. She also called three witnesses to testify against the cleric, who had Olanrewaju Oluwasola as counsel.