Nigerian dancehall singer, Timaya, has been in the news since Shella B accused him of rape on Friday, July 24, 2015.
The accuser dedicated an Instagram account to exposing Timaya which she tagged “Exposing The Real Timaya”. She accused the hit-maker for forcefully having an intercourse with her when he visited Atlanta on July 18, 2015.
In no time, her accusations gathered several comments and reactions, forcing the Bayelsa-born singer to react a few hours after the matter became a trending topic on Twitter. He admitted he had sex with Shella B but vehemently denied the rape claims through a statement.
Shella B is yet to back down on the issue, as she has announced that a case is already filed against Timaya with the police in Atlanta thereby daring the singer to come to the United States if indeed he is innocent.
With an alleged rape case waiting for Timaya in the US, he faces between 2 and 14 years in jail if found guilty of the offence.
Speaking on the issue, a legal practitioner, Efe Ugboro, admitted: “The process of filing the case and investigation is almost the same expect that the US legal system is more thorough and the law is enforced on stronger terms.”
Citing Sections 357 and 358 of the Nigerian criminal code, she said: “Any offence that has to do with rape, once established, carries a jail term of between 2 and 14 years.” Dwelling on the relevant part of the Nigerian law, she stated further that The Section 357 and 358 of the Criminal Code Cap “C38”, Laws of the Federation, 2004, states: “In plain language, a person has committed rape when he has sexual relations (carnal knowledge) with a woman against her will.”
To add to it, a website, www.sexoffenderattorney.com, which focuses on the interpretation of the law in the United States, hinted of a jail term of nothing less than 8 years. ‘”Across the United States, the average prison time for rape is between 8 and 9 years.”