Defilement

Ikeja, March 14, 2019 The prosecution has closed its case against Adegboyega Adenekan, a Supervisor of the Chrisland School standing trial at for allegedly defiling a 35-month-old pupil of the school.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the supervisor was charged before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court.

Mr Babajide Boye, the lead prosecution  counsel, told the court on Thursday  that prosecution had closed its case against the 47-year-old supervisor.

Boye made the submission after cross-examining the seventh prosecution witness, DSP Adenike Ayanleye, a Police Investigating Officer (IPO).

“My Lord, this is the last witness for the prosecution,” Boye said.

Adenekan’s counsel, Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), said that the defence would file a no-case submission pursuant to Section 239(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).

Earlier, during the cross-examination of the IPO, from the Juvenile Welfare Center of the Ikeja Police Division, a video clip of an interview of the pupil  by the IPO was played in the courtroom.

In the clip, the IPO and the child’s mother were asking her how many times Adenekan put his private part into hers.

The child responded, “two times.”

Ayanleye said the interview was conducted on Nov. 24, 2017.

She also said that she had no special training in interviewing children.

“The interview was conducted by myself, a lawyer from the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the child’s mother.

“The OPD lawyer came with the mother of the child, and they both made statements.

“I conducted the interview because it had to do with a child; the questions were coming from the three of us because the child was jumping from one place to another; so, a play-away method had to be used to question the child,” she told the court.

The IPO testified that there was no other interview.

“The school was visited. We ( the OPD lawyer, the child’s mother,  the child and I ) met the head teacher of the school.

“The child took us upstairs to the defendant’s office.

“She identified his seat out of three seats in the room and she identified the restroom in the office where the said incident happened,” Ayanleye said.

During the cross-examination of the IPO, Adejuyigbe questioned the efficacy of the police investigation into the alleged defilement.

“In the interview (in the video clip), the child did not narrate what happened;  you formulated questions that led to her answers.

“There was no place the child narrated on her own what happened between her and the defendant.

“Is it part of police methodology to allow a complainant (the child’s mother) who has given a statement to be part of the police investigation?

“The child said the incidents with the defendant happened after assembly. Did you find out from the school the procedure for escorting pupils to their classes after assembly?”, the defence counsel asked.

He also asked the IPO if she called the child at any time to tell the defendant in his presence what he did to her.

“Did you know of the second pupil  alleged to be defiled by the defendant?” Adejuyigbe asked.

The IPO, however answered in the negative.

Adejuyigbe also reiterated during the cross-examination that the child’s teachers – Mrs Irere, Miss Ruth and Mrs Adetutu Sholola –  had given statements to the police to the effect that the defendant did not take the child out of her classroom.

NAN reports that Adenekan who was arraigned on Jan. 29, 2018, plead not guilty to the charge of defilement of a child.

The prosecution alleged that Adenekan committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City, Lagos.

According to the prosecution, the defendant defiled the child by having  sexual intercourse with her, in contravention of Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Child defilement can be punished with up to life sentence.

Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until April 15 for the adoption of the no- case submission by defence.