Pupil Care: Judge Task Private School Managers To Justify Their Pay

Justice Abiola Soladoye of an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court has tasked private schools managers to ensure that they recruit responsible staff to take care of pupils.

The judge gave this advice while delivering a judgement which sentenced a school bus driver, Tony Akpan to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting a five-year-old pupil.

She noted that parents must get value for the money they pay, adding that miscreants should not be on the payroll of any responsible school.

The judge held that Children are meant to be protected and not be subjected to any assault whatsoever.

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Justice Soladoye found the driver of Roy Mind Favour Filled School, UNILAG Estate, Magodo Isheri, guilty as charge.

in her judgment, the judge held that the prosecution had overwhelming evidence to proved the charge of sexual assault against Akpan and his accomplice, Itoro Wilson, the school bus assistance.

The judge sentenced Wilson, to two years imprisonment for assisting the convict to evade justice.

Justice Soladoye stated that the medical Doctor’s testimony also corroborated the overwhelming evidence before the court.

She ordered that the first defendant should have his name entered in the Sex Offenders Register of the Lagos State Government.

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The judge said the second defendant, Itoro Wilson, ought to have spoken up and not concede the truth, adding that the punishment meted out to him would serve as deterrent to others out there.

“The second defendant is hereby sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for felony,”

Five witnesses testified against the defendants at the trial.

The prosecution said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 137 and 415 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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