A pupil of Chrisland school, allegedly defiled by a supervisor in the school, has recounted her ordeal before a Lagos State Special and Sexual Offences court sitting at Ikeja.
The pupil who is now four years and three months old, testified before Justice Sybil Nwaka, onThursday, confirming that the school supervisor, Adegboyega Adenekan, actually defiled her.
She was led in evidence by the prosecutor, Mr Babatunde Boye, in a proceeding that started at 3.00 p.m. and lasted till 6.26 p.m.
Asked why she was in the court room, child X told the trial judge that she is in court to narrate all the bad things that Mr Adenekan did to her.
The prosecution also asked if she had been to Mr Adenekan’s office before and she said “only when he did the bad thing to me”.
When asked how many times she was allegedly defiled, she replied that the defendant allegedly defiled her two times, thereby corroborating the claims of her mother.
Asked where was he doing it to you? She responded “he did it in his office which has a toilet, second time, he did it at the hall which was outside”.
When asked to describe what Mr Adenekan did to her, the child said ” he put his hand in my wee wee and it really really pained me and I screamed and he used his hand to cover my mouth like this (she demonstrated it by using her hand to cover her mouth tightly) and the more he removed it, he tightened my mouth”.
Under cross examination by counsel to the defendant, Mr. Olatunde Adejuyigbe, SAN, the survivor answered in affirmative, that she told her mummy when the incident happened.
According to her “I told my teacher but my teacher didn’t believe me, so I reported to my mummy”
However, when told by the defence counsel that she was tutored on all that she said in court, she respondend that nobody told her what to say.
She was two years and 11-months at the time the incidents occurred serially in 2016, at the Victoria Garden City, VGC, branch of Chrisland schools in 2016.
Earlier, during the proceedings, the survivor’s mother was crossed-examined by the defence Counsel.
She was asked why she initially claimed that “nothing happened” before turning around to make a case.
The mother stated categorically and emphatically, that she was going to cover up the case initially, because she didn’t know that she will have the grit to face trial and for fear of stigmatization of her and her child by the public, until she realized the matter was beyond her, because her daughter kept on talking about the abuse at home.
Before the pupil’s testimony, Justice Sybil Nwaka, had ordered members of the public to vacate the public gallery of the courtroom.
She however, allowed journalists and lawyers to witness the testimony.
Subsequently, Justice Nwaka adjourned till May 21, 2018 for continuation of trial.