A head teacher, David Eyo who allegedly defiled a 10-year-old pupil of Promise Land Ministry School was on Tuesday remanded in Kirikiri prison by an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.O Osunsanmi also directed that the case file should be duplicated and a copy sent to the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.
The defendant, who resides at Aguda in Surulere area of Lagos is standing trial on a count bothering on defilement.
According to the prosecutor, Insp. Benson Emuerhi, the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 10 inside the school premises of Promise Land Ministry School situated at No. 17, Aminu Jinadu St., Eric Moore, Surulere in Lagos.
“He serially defiled his 10-year-old pupil (name withheld) in the premises of the school,” the prosecutor said.
INDEPENDENT gathered that the case was reported by the pupil’s parents to the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT).
Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs Titilola Rhodes-Vivour, who was present in court for the arraignment, said the child had inform her classmate about the defilement which had occurred several times within the school premises.
“The classmate who is the survivor’s friend told her mother who in turn informed the survivor’s father and the case was reported to the Eric Moore Police Station in Surulere.
“The matter was referred to the Gender Desk at the police station and the Gender Desk got in touch with the DSVRT for further investigation,” she said.
The DSVRT Coordinator also said “The survivor could not tell her parents because the accused threatened to flog her, telling her that she will die if she tells anybody of the defilement.
“According to the survivor who was preparing for her Common Entrance Examinations, the pupils used to stay after school hours to be tutored by Eyo who works also as the head teacher, choir master and class teacher.
“Eyo had the habit of isolating the survivor from her classmates and defiling her in the classroom and infected her with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).
“The survivor alleged that the sexual abuse had started since September 2017 when she was in primary five,” she said.
The offence contravenes Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.