Justice Sybil Nwaka of the Lagos State Sexual Offences Court sitting in Ikeja on Thursday convicted and sentence a-47-year old Adegboyega Adenekan to 60 years imprisonment for defiling a 2-year old pupil.
Justice Nwaka send Adenekan to prison after she found him guilty of a one count charge of defilement brought against him by the Lagos State government.
In her judgement, Justice Nwaka held that the prosecution had proven its case against the convict beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge held, “The basic elements to consider in this case is that the accused had sex with the child; that there was penetration; that the evidence of the child must be corroborated.
“The victim, in her evidence before the court, said that Mr Adenakan put his mouth and his hand in her wee-wee (vagina). She also said that the supervisor put his mouth in the vagina of her bestfriend, Jenita.
“The little girl said that Adenekan covered her mouth when she attempted to shout. And that he (defendant) defiled her twice inside the school premise; at his office and at the hallway”.
According to the judge, the evidence of the child that the defendant defiled her twice was evidently corroborated by the medical report from Mirabel Center.
“I have no doubt in mind that this defendant, Adenekan is the same person the victim said put his hand in her vagina and therefore, the defendant is hereby convicted accordingly.
” The defendant is hereby sentenced to 60 years imprisonment.
“This defendant is conscienceless, wicked, an animal, and not fit to walk on the streets, she concluded.
The judge further held that schools should not only be interested in economic gain but also in the welfare of pupils.
“Schools should not cover up teachers who sexually abuse children.
“Parents should not be carried away by aesthetics of schools.
“This case may just be the tip of the iceberg as a lot of our children are suffering in silence.
“Parents should be bold enough to confront teachers and school management because a lot of our children are suffering in silence.
“I advise or recommend that the education and social welfare ministry workers should visit schools randomly to give them a check,” Justice Nwaka held.
Immediately the judge rose after pronouncing sentence, Adenekan shouted: “Glory be to God, Glory be to God, Glory be to God in the highest.
“Judgment has been pronounced on me, Lord, I present this judgment before you.
”God, you know I am innocent but you are the ultimate Judge.
“I give glory to God because I did not defile her. Her mother tutored her. Let God give me another judgment”, he shouted.
The courtroom equally became noisy as family members reign curses on all those who they alleged teamed up to ensure that Adenekan was jailed.
Adenekan, who was arraigned before the court on January 29, 2018 by the State, had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution alleges that the convict committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.
According to the prosecution, the defendant defiled the complainant by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
The offence, according to the prosecution, violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, which recommends a life sentence for anyone convicted of defiling a child.
It was a celebrated case during which the toddler testified before the court giving graphic description of how she was molested by the convict, she said about him: ‘He put his weewee in my wee”.