Sexual Assault Victim Tells Court How Teacher Molest Her in Classroom

An Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court heard how a teacher, Ngozi Igwe assaulted a student in the classroom.

The JS2 student testified virtually at the trial of Igwe for sexual assault by penetration.

She was led in evidence by Lagos State counsel, Ms Bukola Okeowo.

The alleged survivor told the court that the incident happened when she was seven years old and the defendant was her teacher in Primary Three.

She said that the defendant, on several occasions, called her to his table and sexually assaulted her by inserting his finger into her vagina.

According to her, the defendant’s desk was at the back of the class while pupils’ seats faced the board.

The alleged survivor said that he always called me to his table, put his hands under my dress and put his finger in my vagina.

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“I cannot remember the exact number but I know he did that to me several times.

“When I told my mother, she took me to a police station and Mirabel Medical Centre where a medical examination was conducted on me.

“The doctor did not tell me anything about the result but he told my mother.”

During cross-examination by defence counsel, Mr Onome Akpeneye, the alleged survivor said that she did not scream while the defendant allegedly assaulted her.

She said there was no demarcation in the classroom, as pupils sat in the front while the defendant sat at the back.

According to her, she was closing at 1.30 p.m., and there was no circuit television camera in the school.

Earlier, the defence counsel urged the court to allow the student to come to court for the cross-examination

Akpeneye said: “My lord, looking at the demeanour of the witness, I cannot cross-examine her virtually.

“I humbly urge the court that the witness be brought to court.

“Since the witness is on holiday, she can come to court tomorrow. I also want the court to bear in mind that I am doing this case pro bono.”

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The prosecution counsel, Okeowo, in her response, urged the court to direct the defence counsel to cross-examine the minor virtually.

Okeowo said: “My lord, we cannot guarantee her presence because she was traumatised.

“While I was conducting pre-trial, she was crying uncontrollably.

“Also, on the last adjourned date, we informed the court that the second prosecution witness would be examined virtually, which the defence counsel did not object to.

Justice Rahman Oshodi overruled the submission of the defence counsel, saying that the Child Rights Act allowed for children to give evidence behind closed doors.

The court adjourned the case until Dec. 14 for continuation of trial.

The defendant is standing trial on a count charge of sexual assault by penetration, contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

He pleaded not guilty on arraignment

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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