Jacob Alonge, a herbalist that is aged 52 years, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for raping his daughter, Gift Alonge, at their home in Ososo village, Akoko-Edo, Benin, Edo State.
Aside from raping the Gift who is 17-year-old repeatedly and impregnating her, he procured abortion for her and shaved the hair on her private parts. He also instructed her not to sleep with any other man, as he turned her to a sex slave.
Gift Alonge had become pregnant a second time when the matter became public knowledge and Jacob was arrested by the police and arraigned in court.
Pregnant 17-year-old Gift, however, died along with all other four others in an accident on the way to the court.
Among the dead were her uncle, two workers of a non-governmental organization, BraveHeart Initiative, helping Gift with the case, and the cab driver.
Jacob Alonge, who had pleaded guilty to the counts against him and was about to be sentenced, changed his plea on the day his daughter and the others died.
Jacob was accused of being in possession ‘without lawful and reasonable excuse fetish wrap of his late daughter’s pubic hair at Okeh Quarter in Ososo village, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of the State.
The court on Thursday concluded its trial and sentenced him to five years on the first count of possession of fetish wrap of Gift’s pubic hair.
He got two years for raping and impregnating Gift and 14 years for repeated sexual assault.
The magistrate said the counts should run consecutively.