A man who attempted to rape a woman has been sentenced to four years in jail.
Ganiyu Awawu, a 29-year-old man who felt raping a woman is a good thing to do, will spend the next four and half years in prison for attempting to rape a 25-year-old woman, Taiwo Ogundipo.
Apart from the jail term, Awawu would also pay the sum of N5,000 to the Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ogba, Lagos State, presided by a Chief Magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni.
According to reports in the Punch, Awawu had accosted Ogundipo, a food seller along Safuratu Yakubu Way, Ayobo, around 4pm on August 28 when he was said to be high on cannabis, called her and bought food from her.
After eating the food worth N250, he was said to have lured her into an uncompleted building on the pretext of giving her the money for the food and they got there, he was said to have overpowered her.
It was learnt that Awawu then stripped the woman naked and threatened to kill her if she raised the alarm, but she resisted. In the ensuing scuffle, a passerby who heard her screams, mobilised others and stormed the building.
They freed the woman and took Awawu to a community leader who handed him over to the police.
Awawu had told the police that he was hungry on the fateful day, but did not have money to pay for the food.
“I just finished smoking cannabis that day and became hungry. I bought N250 food from her. I told her to come in to have the money, but I was lying. I was about to rape her when I was caught.”
Upon his arraignment in the court on September 2, he had pleaded guilty to four counts bordering on attempted rape and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.