A 4-year-old Pupil allegedly defiled by one Adegboyega Adenekan, a 47-year-old Chrisland School Supervisor, on Thursday testified before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court in Lagos and revealed how she was abused.
The young girl now 4-years-old, was 2-years and 11 months at the time the alleged violation took place serially in 2016 at the Victoria Garden City (VGC) branch of the School.
Before the child’s commenced her testimony, the trial judge, justice Sybil Nwaka, ordered members of the public to vacate the gallery allowing only journalists and lawyers in the court.
When the child was brought into the court, justice Nwaka rose from the bench to sit by a desk opposite the child where she engaged her in a little talk.
“I love your shoes, we are your uncles and aunties here. Do you like the building? Do you know why you are here?”, justice Nwaka inquired.
“I’m here to talk about the bad thing Mr Adenekan did to me”, the child answered.
“You know you are here to tell the truth, Jesus loves children and does your Sunday School teachers tell you?” justice Nwaka further asked the child.
“Always tell the truth,” the child responded.
Before the child took the oath, justice Nwaka again reminded the child not to be afraid, to tell the truth and that the people in the court are her friends.
The judge warned journalists against taking photographs, making recording and revealing the identity of the child.
The Prosecution led by Jide Boye, the State Chief Counsel led the child in evidence thus;
Prosecution: “How old are you?”
Child A: “Four”
Prosecution: “How many schools have you attended”
Child A: “Two”
Prosecution: “What are the names of the school?”
Child A: “Chrisland, and Grange School”
Prosecution pointing across to Adenekan asked the child, “do you know him?”
Child A: “No”
Prosecution: Who is Mr Adenekan”
Child A: When I go to class after recess, I see Mr Adenekan after recess”
Prosecution: What did Mr Adenekan do to you?”
Child A: “He put his hand into my wee-wee, the first time he did it he took me out of the class. The second time, I ran. I tried to report to my teacher but my teacher did not believe me, so I reported to my mummy.
“First time he did it was inside his office which was the toilet, the second time he did it was in the hall which was outside.
“I did not like what he did, he put his hand inside my wee-wee, he put his wee-wee in my wee-wee and put his mouth in my wee-wee.
The Prosecution at this point proceeded to show the child 3 photographs one of which was Mr Adenekan and the child identified Mr Adenekan.
The said, “this is Mr Adenekan, I remember how he used to greet me but I don’t know where he is.
Prosecution: How did you feel when he was doing it to you.
Child A: I felt I should tell my mummy, I felt pain.
Prosecution: When he did it, what were you wearing?
Child A: “My Chrisland School Uniform.
Prosecution: Can you describe how he did it to you?
Child A: “He put his hand under my uniform, he put his hand inside my wee-wee, pull my uniform down, and it really, really paining me.
“When it was really, really paining me, I screamed and he covered my mouth like this (demonstrated with hand over her mouth).
“I couldn’t do anything because he covered my mouth. When I was trying to remove it (his hand) he tightened my mouth.
Prosecution: Describe his office.
Child A: I cannot remember.
The defense counsel, Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN) opposed the tendering of the three photographs shown to the child during the proceedings as evidence.
According to him, the prosecution did not comply with Section 86 of the Evidence Act.
Justice Nwaka, in a short ruling said, “I cannot agree more with the prosecution. These photographs do not have a certificate. I mark them tendered but rejected.
The judge adjourned the case till May 21 fro the continuation of the trial after cross examination by the defense counsel.