TEACHER APPEARS IN COURT FOR RAPING PRIMARY 4 PUPIL

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A private school teacher and father of two yesterday appeared before an Ebute-Meta Magistrate Court in Lagos for alleged rape.

The accused, Adeniran Adebayo (pictured in court premises) was alleged to have had carnal knowledge of a 10-year-old primary four pupil in the toilet of a private school located at Olateju Ilesanmi Street, Baruwa, Ipaja area.

Narrating her sexual encounter with her health teacher, the victim through the Investigating Police Officer of the case said Adebayo threatened to beat her if she cried out for help while he was banging her.

However, help came in the form of a female teacher who barged into the toilet having overheard her squeaks and groans.

The IPO said: “I interviewed the victim after the matter was brought to the SCID. She said on the fateful day, she was in school after the closing hours and was waiting for her younger brother, who attended the same school, so they could go back home together.

“While waiting, she decided to get busy with her assignments. She said it was while she was doing the assignment that the teacher came and said she should follow him.

“He then took her to a toilet within the school premises and threatened to cane her if she screamed, unzipped himself, undressed the pupil and made love to her.

“The girl said she was crying while this was on. It was a female teacher, who was passing by that heard her cry. The female teacher came closer to have a better look and immediately the suspect saw her, he quickly zipped up. The pupil said the female teacher told him that being a teacher, he should never have taken advantage of the girl.”

The police officer said after the victim repeatedly affirmed the account, he decided to call the supposed witness.

“When I called her and interviewed her, she said she didn’t see anything. I called the girl again, and she narrated the same story to me,” he added.

However, the suspect denied raping his student, rather he said he was shocked when she accused him of rape.

His word: “I am the health teacher of the school. I married five years ago, and have two sons. There are six male teachers in the school. On that day, I didn’t call the girl. I only stood at the gate and asked her and her brother to go home. That was all.

“I was surprised that after four days, they came to my office and arrested me. The toilet in question has never even been used by anybody.”

The Chief Magistrate, O.O. Olatunji adjourned the case till October 15, 2014.

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