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Nigerian man, Augustine Omini Obono, sent to 3years life imprisonments for drugging, raping 12year old girl

A Nigerian man identified as Augustine Omini Obono has been sentenced to three life imprisonment terms by a South African court in Gauteng for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl, fed her drugs, and forced her to have sex with up to six men a day over a three-month period.

The Gauteng North High Court delivered the three life imprisonment terms for human trafficking, rape, statutory rape, and sexual exploitation to Obono was further sentenced to three years for kidnapping and seven years for keeping a brothel.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said in September 2016, the girl was at a park in Derdepoort for a picnic with her friends when she met a woman who asked her to accompany her to a flat in Sunnyside, Pretoria, where she would meet a man.

‘The woman promised the minor that she would give her taxi money to go to Mamelodi the following morning,’ he said.

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When they arrived at the flat in Sunnyside, the woman handed the minor over to Obono for purposes of sexual exploitation or for her to be used as a prostitute.

‘Obono kept the minor in the flat for three months,’ Mahanjana said.

She said over the three-month period, Obono fed the girl drugs and forced her to have sex with between five to six men a day.

‘In December 2016, the minor eventually managed to escape and went to her uncle’s place in Mamelodi. When she arrived, she informed her uncle of what had happened. The uncle reported the matter to the police and the minor pointed out the flat where she was kept,’ she said.

When the police went into the flat, they found Obono and arrested him and he has been in custody since.

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