On Friday, Justice Sybil Nwaka of an Ikeja Sexual Offenses and Domestic Violence Court notified a school supervisor, Adegboyega Adenekan, that he will face charges of defiling a two-year-old and 11-month-old kid.
Nwaka denied a no-case petition by Adenekan, a former Supervisor of the Chrisland School in Victoria Garden City, Lagos State, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The former supervisor was directed by the judge to begin his defense.
“The court believes the defendant has a case to answer, and as a result, the defendant should begin his defense,” she explained.
Following the verdict, Adenekan’s defense attorney, Mr. Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN), informed the court that the defense planned to summon six witnesses to testify for him.
The matter was adjourned to June 14 for defense by Nwaka, who requested an accelerated hearing.
According to NAN, Adenekan stated in a March 24 no-case submission that the prosecution had failed to prove the charge of defilement against him.
“In this case of defilement, the substance or ingredient has not been established,” Adejuyigbe stated in court on April 15.
“The first ingredient, as determined in Adonike v. State, is that the accused had sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 11 years.”
“The prosecution did not present any proof of sexual intercourse in the evidence before the court; the evidence presented by the prosecution falls short of the requirement of sexual intercourse set forth in Adonike vs the State.”
“When we inquired who the perpetuator is, she didn’t mention the name of the perpetuator,” the medical practitioner testified. The act must be connected to the defendant.
“There must be corroboration in the case of witnesses; corroborative evidence must be separate from the main evidence and external.”
“Please respond to the following questions: Is it possible that the child has been sexually assaulted? Was she able to identify her abuser, and was the defendant linked to the charge by the police investigation?
“We submit that the defendant has a case to answer if the responses to these questions are positive.
“The technological concerns posed by the knowledgeable silk are technical issues,” he explained.
The prosecutor encouraged the court to do the right thing in this instance and avoid getting caught up in technicalities.
“We know of no two Adenekans in that school,” Boye said. “It will be in the interest of justice if the defendant answers the facts we have presented through our seven witnesses.”
According to NAN, Adenekan pleaded not guilty to a charge of defiling a child when he was arraigned on January 29, 2018.
Adenekan is accused of committing the crime at Chrisland School in Victoria Garden City, Lagos, sometime in November 2016.
The defendant contaminated the pupil, according to the prosecution, by engaging in unlawful sexual activity with her.
The alleged crime is in violation of Section 137 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2011, which stipulates that anyone convicted of defiling a child faces a life sentence.