A 47-year-old supervisor with the Chrisland School, Adegboyega Adenekan, was on Monday arraigned at an Ikeja High Court for defiling a two-year-old pupil (name withheld) under his care.
Adenekan plead not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.
The prosecution led by Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said Adenekan committed the offence sometime in November 2016 at Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos.
According to her “the defendant defiled the complainant by having unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
“The offence violated Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.”
The alleged defilement was reported to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) for investigation.
The parents of the two-year-old complainant were present in court for proceedings.
Following Adenekan’s not guilty plea, his defence counsel, Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), requested that the school supervisor maintain the bail granted to him by the Magistrate Court in December 2016.
“The defendant was admitted to bail by Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi on Dec. 1, 2016.
“The essence for an application for bail is to ensure that defendant stands trial.
“The state has concluded it’s investigations in the matter, interference by the defendant or witnesses will not arise.
“The defendant does not have a criminal record, he has been attending court proceedings and he came to court this morning voluntarily despite being informed that he will be arraigned.
“The same sureties (his former colleague and father-in-law) that were approved by the Magistrates’ Court have expressed willingness to continue and they are present in court,” Adejuyigbe said
The DPP, however, opposed the SAN’s bail application.
“The gravity of the offence will make the defendant have the urge to flee.
“Bail is discretionary and I urge Your Lordship to remand him in prison custody,” Shitta-Bey said.
The judge, Justice Sybil Nwaka, to determine Adenekan’s eligibility for bail, interviewed him in the open court.
The school supervisor told the judge that though on leave, he was still employed by Chrisland School and was currently tutoring children privately to sustain himself financially.
“I still work there (Chrisland School) but I was asked to go on leave pending the outcome of this case, I was initially being paid my salary but it was stopped last year.
“I presently do some private tutoring to sustain myself,” he said.
Justice Nwaka queried why parents allowed him get close to their children considering the grievous charge against him.
Responding, Adenekan said “The private home tutoring I do is under the supervision of the parents and their domestic staff.
“Their (the parents) reaction to the charge I’m facing is that they will stand by me because they all know me.
“This is a profession that I have been in since 1996, I have trained children by the grace of God long before this charge, I tutored them and they have turned right .
“I was so shocked when this woman (the complainant’s mother) called me and said this happened.
“The parents reaction are ‘Mr Adenekan, we are ready to support you because we know you'” the school supervisor said.
Justice Nwaka in a ruling ordered that Adenekan maintain the bail granted to him by the Magistrate Court.
“The purpose of bail is to ensure that the defendant comes to court and is discretionary.
“This defendant I’ve been told has been coming to court of his own volition, I have no evidence before me that the defendant will jump bail.
“The sureties who stood for him at the Magistrates Court are present in court, the defendant is to remain on the bail granted to him by the Magistrate Court,” the judge said.