Chrisland School: A student recounts his ordeal after being reportedly defiled by a teacher

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Child X, the student allegedly defiled by Adegboyega Adenekan, a 47-year-old Chrisland School supervisor, testified in a Lagos court on Thursday, confirming that she was assaulted.

Child X, now four years old, was two years and eleven months old when the alleged defilement occurred at the Victoria Garden City (VGC) branch of the school in 2016.

According to NAN, Justice Sybil Nwaka had ordered that members of the public leave the public gallery of the courtroom before Child X’s testimony.

She did, however, allow journalists and lawyers to observe the hearing.

When Child X entered the courtroom, the judge rose from her bench and took a seat across from Child X at a desk.

“I love your shoes,” Justice Nwaka told Child X, “and we’re all your uncles and aunties here.” Do you like the structure? “Do you have any idea why you’re here?”

“I’m here to talk about the awful things Mr. Adenekan did to me,” Child X claimed.

“You know you are here, to tell the truth, Jesus loves children, and what do your Sunday School teachers tell you?” Justice Nwaka responded.

“Always tell the truth,” says Child X.

Justice Nwaka told Child X not to be frightened, to tell the truth, and that everyone in the courtroom is her friend before she took the oath as a witness.

The judge forbade journalists from taking images, recording audio, or exposing Child X’s identity.

The prosecution, led by Chief State Counsel Mr Jide Boye, called the youngster into evidence by asking her a series of questions and receiving the following responses.

Prosecution: “How old are you?”

Child X: “Four”

Prosecution: “How many schools have you attended?”

Child X: “Two”

Prosecution:” What are the names of the schools?”

Child X: “Chrisland, Grange School”

Prosecution pointing across the room to Adenekan: “Do you know him?”

Child X: “Yes”
Defence: “Did you see Mr Adenekan today?”

Child X: “I only saw him in the picture.”

Defence: “Do you know there are three tables in Mr Adenekan’s office? ”

Child X: “No”

Defence: “His office is not near your class, do you remember?”

Child X: “No”

Defence: “Have you entered Mr Adenekan’s office before?”

Child X: “Only when he did the bad things to me”

Defence: “Did he take anyone else with you?”

Child X: “No”

Defence: “Did you take your mummy to any corner?”

Child X: “No when I told her what happened to me, she changed my school.”

Defence: “Does your aunty (name withheld) bath for you?”

Child X: “Sometimes her but everytime my mummy.”

Defence: “Have you seen the police before?”

Child X: “I have seen them guarding the door at the gate before I enter my school gate.”

Defence: “Is there a doctor’s office at your school? ”

Child X: “Yes”

Defence: “Do you go to the toilet alone in school? ”

Child X: “When I want to go by myself they (teachers) still follow me”

Defence: “Did anyone tell you what to say when you get here?”

Child X: “No”

Earlier during the cross-examination of Child X’s mother, the video in which Child X was portraying her alleged defilement at a clinical psychologist’s office was replayed in court by the defence.

The mother (name withheld) admitted to the defence that some parts of the sessions of Child X’s interview with the clinical psychologist were not recorded.

“At the time she started drawing the private part, I can confirm to you that I was in the corner of the room and I only asked my child questions regarding the defendant’s name,” she said.

The mother also told the court that she reported to the police that the defendant took her child to a corner in the school where he allegedly defiled her.

“I told the cops about the corner, and it’s in my statement.” As I have stated, my initial intention was to conceal it.

“I alerted the school officials about it, but I later urged them to forget about it because it never happened.”

“I was frightened of people like you (pointing at the SAN), it’s a shameful conduct,” she remarked, her eyes welling up with tears.

The hearing has been delayed till May 21 at 11 a.m. by Justice Sybil Nwaka.

 

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