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Thursday 2 October 2008

Nigeria: Man who drugged and stole from sex workers claims he intented to infect them with HIV as revenge

A Nigerian man who drugged, kidnapped and stole from female sex workers, told the court during his sentencing that his intention was to "spread HIV/AIDS" in revenge for becoming infected by a sex worker.

The Nigerian Daily Sun seems more concerned about the details of the articles stolen from the sex workers than anything else, and also, rather unethically, prints the names and addresses of his victims.

The man was sentenced to five years in prison, although his intention to infect the women with HIV did not appear to play a role in his sentencing.

Wicked mission
Convict confesses embarking on ‘operation spread HIV/AIDS’

September 13, 2008

It is no longer news that Ifeanyi Okafor, the 26-year-old man who drugged harlots, had sex with them before carting away their money and other valuables, had bagged a five-year jail term. What is new is that the man said his intention in embarking on his evil plan was to spread HIV/AIDS.

Before Okafor was sentenced, Okafor, he told the Magistrate, at the Apapa Court 6, Lagos, that his going from one hotel to the other, was to spread HIV/AIDS he got from a prostitute. According to him, he was on a revenge mission.

Okafor, who stood trial on a five-count charge, pleaded guilty to all the charges. Each charge attracted one-year jail term.

The Magistrate, Mrs. K.O. Doja-Ojo, did not waste any time in sending the accused to prison after reading out the charges against him.

The first count charge read: “That you, Ifeanyi Okafor,‘male’ on the 28th day of July, 2008 at White Castle Hotel, Apapa, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did drug one [X], ‘female’ of [X] Street, Apapa, and stole her two GSM handsets, one gold chain,one wristwatch and N6,000, all valued at N130,000 and thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 390 (9) of the original Code Cap 17 Vol. 2 law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

The second charge was that on July 16, 2008, at Doris Hotel, Apapa, the accused drugged one [X] and stole her pendant, gold chain and Nokia GSM phone.

Count three was that Okafor drugged [X] of [X], Olodi-Apapa, Lagos and dispossessed the victim of Nokia handset, gold chain, gold necklace and cash of N2,000, all valued at N140,000.

In count five, the suspect was accused of escaping from lawful custody, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 135 (A) of the Criminal Code, Cap 17 Vol. 2 laws of Lagos State of Nigeria 2003.

A victim, [X], told the court how the accused went to her room at Doris Hotel, Apapa, Lagos, on July 4, 2008, and stole her three GSM handsets, two wristwatches, two necklaces and N6, 000, all valued at N24, 000.

Another victims, Elizabeth, told Saturday Sun that the accused had drugged and stole her money before locking her up in the hotel room. The accused allegedly escaped with the keys, while the lady was a prisoner for three days, falling become unconscious, before the hotel management broke the door and revived her.



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