A man identified as Jacob Alonge has been sentenced to 21 years prison for having carnal knowledge of his daughter, Gift, at their house in Ososo village, Akoko-Edo, Benin, Edo State.
The 52-year-old herbalist who impregnated his 17-year-old also procured abortion for her and shaved the hair on her private parts.
A further report claimed that he charged his daughter not to sleep with any other man.
People got aware of the illicit act when Gift got pregnant for the second time and he was arrested by the
police and arraigned in court.
However, the 17-year-old girl died along with four others in an accident on the way to the court.
Among the dead were Gift’s uncle, two workers of a non-governmental organisation, BraveHeart Initiative, helping Gift with the case, and the cab driver.
Jacob, 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.
The court on Thursday concluded his 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 her and 14 years for repeated sexual assault.
The magistrate said the counts should run consecutively.