In the wake of Dr. Abubakar Danraka’s life imprisonment sentence for sodomy, Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi, the Director General of the National Agency for Prohibiting Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP), has lauded the judiciary for its steadfastness in upholding justice through the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act of 2015.
NAPTIP’s Press Officer, Adekoye Vincent, conveyed commendation in an official statement, highlighting the judiciary’s unwavering commitment to enforcing the VAPP Law. This commitment culminated in a groundbreaking judgment delivered by Hon. Justice A. Akanbi-Yusuf on Monday, September 18, 2023.
Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi emphasized that this ruling signifies a momentous achievement in the implementation of the VAPP Act, signifying a triumph for Nigeria.
Moreover, Fatima Waziri-Azi reiterated NAPTIP’s commitment to fostering continuous collaboration with partners and stakeholders. This collaborative effort aims to further enhance endeavors to secure additional convictions and decisively address the issue of impunity within the nation.
Dr. Danraka was apprehended on March 27th, 2020, for sexually assaulting a minor residing in the same Abuja estate. The case garnered substantial attention nationwide and resulted in NAPTIP’s successful conviction, marking the third rape conviction in the FCT in 2023.
The perpetrator had enticed the victim into his residence, drugged him, and engaged in anal intercourse. He was charged on August 9, 2021, and subsequently arraigned on April 5, 2022, initially pleading “not guilty.” NAPTIP’s prosecution team presented a compelling case, ultimately leading to the verdict delivered on September 18, 2023.