The Deputy Headteacher of Chrisand School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos, Mrs. Adeola Adebola, yesterday stated that the mother of a 2-year-old pupil of the school taught her to allege that the school supervisor defiled her.
Mrs. Adebola made this known to an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court that the mother instructed her child to claim that the Supervisor of the school, Adegboyega Adenekan, raped her.
Adebola, who is the fourth defence witness, gave the evidence at the resumed trial of the school supervisor.
She also testified that she had worked for Chrisland School for almost nineteen years, adding that she was promoted to the position of the Deputy Headteacher in 2015.
“The defendant is my colleague and was a supervisor in the upper Chrisland Primary School. The incident was reported to the Headteacher, and being my immediate head, she brought the allegation of defilement to my attention.
“There was a meeting on Oct. 18, 2016, the headteacher invited the child’s mother and she came in with a lady called Titi.
“My headteacher was reluctant about her presence but the mother assured her that she was someone she trusted,” Adebola stated.
She testified that the mother told the meeting that no one lived with her family and that she was the only one that stayed with her children and did everything herself.
“After a while, I was told to bring the child from her classroom which I did. I tried to talk to her and I asked who bathed her that morning and she said ‘Anu’.
“I asked who Anu was, and the mother said the person who bathed her was her husband’s niece who lived with them.
“The child immediately said, ‘Anu bathes me and hurt my bum,’ but her mother immediately said, ‘Nobody bathed you, you did it yourself’, and the child immediately said, ‘Yes, I did it myself’,” the Deputy Headteacher added.
She further added that the pupil further said, “Mr. Adenekan put his wee in my wee and poured dirty sand in my wee”.
Adebola said she asked the child if she knew where the alleged defilement occurred, adding that when the child gave an affirmation, she asked the child to identify where if occurred.
“When we got to the place where we have our assembly, she said, ‘this is the place’. Her mother was visibly embarrassed and we shocked.
“The mother said to her that there was another place she told her, and the girl looked at her and started walking toward the canteen area.
“We got there and it is a more open place, and the child said, ‘this is the place’ and her mother got more jittery. These areas the child shows us are open and very busy with people going out and coming in,” Adebola stated.
Adenekan who was arraigned on Jan. 29, 2018, pleaded not guilty to a charge of defilement of a child.
Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until June 25 for continuation of trial.