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Court frees Osun Monarch of raping NYSC member,says they had a regular sexual relationship

Justice Oyejide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun on Tuesday
gave the verdict today, putting an end to a three-year sexual case that has brought
national attention on the traditional king, the Alowa of Ilowa-Ijesa, Oba Adebukola
Alli, and his accuser, Helen Okpara.
Delivering judgment, Falola said that the plaintiff, Miss Helen Okpara, failed to
tender enough exhibits to convince the court beyond reasonable doubt that she was
raped by the monarch.
The judge also held that the plaintiff, who accused the monarch of raping her at his
private residence in Osogbo, failed to prove that she was raped.
He said a case of rape could only be established with exhibits such as bed
sheet, the victim's pant and a medical report indicating forceful penetration,
adding that the prosecutor failed to tender all these.Falola said Okpara also
failed to show the bruises on her private part as evidence that she was raped.
He further said the prosecutor failed to show to the court the plaintiff's torn
clothes as she had claimed in her submissions before the court.
While stressing that a case of rape must be proved with injuries sustained on the
private part as well as other parts of the body, Falola said the court was not
convinced that Okpara sustained any injury.
Falola said the court was able to establish the fact that Okpara and the monarch
had been having regular sexual relationship before a misunderstanding ensued
between them.
He, however, condemned such relationship involving a traditional ruler, saying his
action had brought his stool into disrepute as well as disgrace to his family and
community.
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"I was raped by the Alowa of Ilowa on Friday, March 25. Before then, I had been
introduced to the monarch during the last INEC registration exercise.
"One day, on my way from the school, Oba Alli gave me a ride and told me
that he wanted me to be a computer facilitator for the schools in the
community. That was after he got to know that I was computer literate and
we drew a plan on the format the assignment would take." She explained that
she later had a session with the students and after introducing the system to
them, the traditional ruler offered to take her back to school. But instead of
dropping her at the school, he reportedly took her to his residence in Osogbo,
a few kilometers to her place of primary assignment.
"He said I should not worry, that he would bring me back home and eventually
we arrived at his residence in Osogbo where he entertained me. It was getting
late and I wanted to go home as he started to caress me. I got up begging
him, but he turned down my pleas,"
She explained further that the monarch later stripped her and went outside to soak
her clothes, stressing that before he came back, she had locked the door.

 
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