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The accused, Adegboyega Adenekan

Both Child X who was allegedly raped by a supervisor in Chrisland School, VGC, and her mother testified in court against the accused Adegboyega Adenekan, NAN reports.

The child, who is now 4-years-old, was 2 years and 11 months when she told her mother she was raped by the 47-year-old school supervisor.

The child detailed her encounters with the supervisor, who she alleged touched her both in a toilet and in a hall.

She reported the man to her teacher, she said, but her teacher did not believe her.

Read a transcript of the child’s testimony according to NAN:

Justice Nwaka engaging Child X in small talk said: “I love your shoes, we are all your uncle and aunties here. Do you like the building? Do you know why you are here?”

Child X said: “I’m here to talk about the bad things Mr Adenekan did to me.”

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

Child X: “Always tell the truth.”

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: “No”

Prosecution: “Who is Mr Adenekan?”

Child X: “When I go to class after recess, I see Mr Adenekan after recess”

Prosecution: “What did Mr Adenekan do to you?”

Child X: “He put his mouth in my wee-wee, the first time he did that, he took me out of the class. The second time, I ran. I tried to report to my teacher but my teacher did not believe me, so I reported to my mummy.

“First time he did it was inside his office which was the toilet, the second time he did it was in the hall which was outside.

“I did not like what he did, he put his hand in my wee-wee, he put his wee-wee in my wee-wee and he put his mouth in my wee-wee.”

The prosecution at this point proceeded to show Child X three photographs, one of which was Adenekan’s.

Child X identified Adenekan’s photograph.

Child X said: “This is Mr Adenekan, I remember how he used to greet me but I don’t know where he is.”

Prosecution: “How did you feel when he was doing it to you?”

Child X: “I felt I should tell my mummy, I felt pain.”

Prosecution: “When he did it, what were you wearing?”

Child X: “My Chrisland School uniform.”

Prosecution: “Can you describe how he did it to you?”

Child X: “He put his hand under my uniform, he put his hand in my wee-wee, pull my uniform down and it was really really paining me.

“When it was really really paining me, I screamed and he covered my mouth like this (demonstrated with hand over her mouth).

“I couldn’t do anything because he covered my mouth. When I was trying to remove it (his hand) he tightened my mouth.”

Prosecution: “Describe his office”

Child X: “I cannot remember.”

The defence counsel, Mr Olatunde Adejuyigbe (SAN) opposed the tendering as evidence, the three photographs shown to Child X during proceedings. According to him, the prosecution did not comply with Section 86 of the Evidence Act.

In his submission Boye told the court that in accordance with Section 84 of the Evidence Act, photographs are no longer secondary evidence but primary evidence and as a result, the photographs should be admitted as evidence.

In a short ruling Justice Nwaka said: “I cannot agree more with the prosecution. These photographs do not have a certificate. I mark them tendered but rejected.”

While cross-examining Child X, Adejuyigbe asked her the following questions.

Defence: “Do you like to draw?”

Child X: ” I don’t know how to draw yet but I like to draw”

Defence: “You said something really really pained you, when you got home did you tell your mummy about it?”

Child X: “Yes”

Child X responding to Adejuyigbe’s questions, recalled some of her pre-school teachers at Chrisland School.

Defence: “Did anyone tell you before that he will kill you?”

Child X: “I don’t know what that means”

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”

The mother of the child also gave her testimony in court, describing how she came to realise her child was allegedly abused.

The mother’s testimony reportedly took 4 hours, with her weeping as she spoke.

A transcript of her testimony as provided by NAN read:

She was two years and 11 months old when she mentioned it to me, I do not know for how long it has happened before she mentioned it, she was in Pre-school Two at the time but she started the school from creche.

I know the defendant, when my daughter was in pre-school one, her class teacher will tell me that the defendant had come to her class to say hello to my child or that she was crying and he was the only one who could placate her.

I did not know him physically at the time but I knew his name. He followed her for a whole year from pre-school one to pre-school two and still went to her class.

When I mentioned it to her pre-school teacher that this is what my daughter has said, she said she thought we were family friends, he was not even a supervisor in nursery, he was a supervisor in the primary section.

I did not even know him, I met him only once or twice on the road within the school because my daughter ran to greet him once

A few weeks before November 10, 2016, I bought and read Pastor Nomthi Odukoya’s book titled ‘No Don’t Touch Me There’. She wrote about how to guard our children against sexual abuse.

On November 10, 2016 I picked her up from school and we were at home, I took her to the restroom and while helping her to pull up her trouser, I casually said do not let anybody touch your wee-wee.

Nothing prepared me for the response I got because normally I thought I was making a statement and she will say “Okay Mummy”, but the next thing she said was “he (the defendant) put his wee-wee in my wee-wee,”

The first thing I did was to try to call my husband who was out of the country, he didn’t pick and I sent him a whatsApp message that our daughter has been abused.

The next thing I did was call her class teacher and I said that this baby said that she has been abused, has she been taken out of class? She can identify her abuser.

The class teacher said no, I called another teacher in senior management who was like a mother to me at the time, I told her and she said the defendant cannot do it, he is a pastor.

The following day, I took my daughter to school at 11. 00 a.m. and ironically as we were entering the school, we saw him (the defendant).

I still remember the conversation, the defendant saw my daughter and said I have been to your class this morning but you weren’t there.

I saw a cleaner and I remember clearly what she said, she said the love between your daughter and this man is like this (linking her index fingers together in demonstration).

The mother said her daughter was taken to a paediatrician at Heritage Hospital, Badore Road, Ikoyi, to confirm if indeed she had been abused.

The doctor examined her and said that there was redness in her private part, that it had been damaged.

At night I took her to the house of the supervisor who was like a mother to me and I told her everything and we wondered what to do.

I decided to keep it hush hush, I said I needed to talk to him, warn him off, she did not have his number then, we got his number and I called him.

I told him this is the girl’s mother, she has told me that you have been sexually abusing her, stop threatening her and he replied that I have heard all you have said.

I wish I had recorded the conversation, I said you have to stop, if you do not stop, I will have to report to the school and he said even if you report, nobody will believe you and in truth they did not.

I cut the call and sent him a message in which I said do not forget everything that I said when you see her wave at her.

The mother said she asked the class teacher if her child had been taken out of class, and the class teacher insisted she hadn’t.

The mother said she spoke to the headteacher, the deputy headteacher and five other teachers of Chrisland School and a decision was reached to take Child X to the school’s medical doctor.

We went to the school’s doctor on Monday and when she examined her, she (the doctor) said as far as she is concerned, there is no evidence of abuse.

The school’s doctor gave my child a piece of paper and said can you draw his private part, that was the first day that she drew a private part, the teachers were there.

I did not know she could draw talkless of drawing a private part,

My husband asked if [Adenekan]  was willing to submit himself to a lie detector test and he agreed, we were thinking of going out of the country because we were wondering if it was done in Nigeria, we found out Halogen Securities did it in Lagos.

When we went to the Ikeja office of Halogen Securities, the defendant was late for the appointment.

He was asked three questions including did you have any sexual contact with the girl? and did you fondle the girl?

He said no to the three questions and the test found out that he was lying.

Mrs Adeyemi, the top management of the school started calling me saying that they are investigating and that we should not worry.

I waited and waited and I didn’t hear from them, I called my aunt and she advised me to go to the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) that the OPD will not hush it up.

At the OPD, I told them what my daughter told me, I went to Area F, Police Station, Ikeja with my daughter to give a statement.

The police officers were all putting their hands on their heads when they were hearing her talk, she just kept talking, it was like a fountain had opened.

The mother said she and her daughter took the police to the school, where her daughter showed the police Adenekan’s office and a toilet.

She revealed that her child was also examined by doctors and a psychologist at the Mirabel Centre.

Child X’s mother said that she initially wanted to cover up the alleged rape, noting that she was ostracised by the school.

I wanted to cover it up, wait till the end of term to withdraw my children, I was scared of victim shaming, the press and stigmatisation.

There was a circular sent to parents except me for the attendance of a PTA meeting and all sorts was said about me, I was accused of attention seeking.

I, however, decided to not cover it up for two reasons — First was my daughter, the defendant had threatened her that she was going to die, everyone in her family were going to die if she told anyone.

When she realised she did not die after the initial revelation, she started opening up to me, she told me how he used to put his mouth on her, show her pornography, tell her and her friends to play with each other and so many other things.

The second reason was my husband, though he was not around, he said we are lucky enough that she found her language early.

What of other children that cannot talk? What of others that told their parents and they did not believe them, he said for the reason of the other children, we must talk.

After it happened, my daughter will talk about it 20 about times a day, it trickled down to 10 times a day and now it is now once or twice a week, she is healing and she will heal.

The only place I’m not with my children is at school, I don’t go for parties, once my children are having fun I’m having fun.

After I had my first daughter, I quit my job, I did not hire a driver because I did not want my children to be abused, I never left them alone except in school.

There was no cause for concern, the school is supposed to be a safe place.

The totality of my account is based on what my daughter said, I believe my daughter.

It is wrong that my children were in school till Christmas 2016, the reason why my children stayed that long in the school was that they said they were a child conscious school and I bought into the lie.

The older one left after two weeks, the younger one left after six days, I did not notify the school before I withdrew them but definitely not one month alleged by the press.

I withdrew my children for the two reasons — The first was Chrisland said they were going to fire the defendant but I later found out that he was not sacked but transferred to the Ikeja branch of the school.

Second, they promised to fire the class teacher that was careless but they did not

23 Comments

  1. Weezy

    March 23, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    FFS . What is wrong with these kind of men?
    A 2 year old!!!

  2. Bebe

    March 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    He was right …nobody would believe her. Stupid man. Where are all those writing long epistles about how the child wasn’t abused. So angry ehn

  3. Aderonke

    March 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    I believe the child and her mum. Yes there could be little bit here and there extras but the story cannot be a cooked up story from a 2year & 11months old and now 4years old girl.
    There is definitely more than iota of truth in it.

    You will get justice mummy for you, your daughter and all the innocent kids out there.
    We stand with you sis!

  4. jumbo

    March 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Oh My God. i was shivering while reading this, The pervert must not go unpunished .

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      I couldn’t actually read it past the first few paragraphs of her testimony. There are somethings you absolutely don’t want to recreate with your mind’s eye.

    • Simi

      March 26, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Right, MzSA, I couldn’t

  5. buy247 Nigeria

    March 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    What is wrong with these shameless old men sleeping with very young girls? If the stupid man was horny, he could have just gone to a brothel to ease off himself. Let God be the jugde because I fear that little girl might not get justice in a country like Nigeria, even the school is trying to protect their reputation by not doing what is right.

    • Ephi

      March 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Chrisland is thoroughly irresponsible for trying to protect their reputation ahead of protecting a child placed in their care. What horrible administrators they have to make such a choice. I salute this child’s parents for standing up for their child against all odds and intimidation from the school.

  6. MSW

    March 23, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    May God punish anyone that says this child or her mum created this story. This man has destroyed this girl’s psyche. He has destroyed her innocence. But her future, by God’s grace is secure. And may the management of Chrisland School pay for the careless and inhumane and thoughtless way they handled this case. God comfort this child and her mother. Please heal them Lord.

  7. Cocoa

    March 23, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I can not believe the class teacher actually said “He can not do it because he is a pastor” Oh gosh, what is wrong with these people???? Like any one cant get up and call themselve a Pastor, prophet etc.

    By their fruits you shall know them!!

    The man leaves his duty post to come and look for the girl in class, is he her father? Develops such an intimate relationship that he is known as her “placator”. And the teacher thought that was normal???

    And why does a MAN have a duty post in a toilet that FEMALES go to????

    Oh I weep!!!
    Lord restore what has been stolen from this child. Uplift her family. They will never hang their head in shame in Jesus name, amen.

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  8. smh

    March 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Im sorry but madam YOU ARE MAD??????? WHAT?? Your daughter told you some RAPED her, at 2 year old!! And you were there calling him to warn him??!?! Texting him to not forget what you said. Oh God help us in this country. Save our little girls from animal abusers and negligent and clueless parents. WHich kine gbese?? Where is the husband in all this ?? GOD PROTECT NIGERIAN GIRLS from harm. This is absurd to say the least. Im only addressing the mum because we’ve read this story and we know the guy is an animal who deserves to be thrown under the jail but i didnt know how poorly the parents had initially handled it. Still carrying your child to your “mother” in the school. where was so called mother when your baby was being touched???? Same mother that said the man cant do such a thing??? I swear your craze no reach to live in nigeria. If i didnt burn down that school to ashes then no be me. Madness. And those idiotic and foolish teachers and staff!! Allowing this child to be running up and down with a teacher from primary section, WHY???? what is the correlation? IM SO ANGRY!!! If its to be telling female students their skirt is short thats where you will see them well.

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    • ifyBEKE

      March 24, 2018 at 1:17 am

      God bless you, those were my exact same thoughts. Can you imagine? can you just imagine? This woman was calling and texting him. Oh my gosh. I just want to bang my head on a wall i swear. Oh Lord I am so enraged.

  9. smh

    March 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    FILE A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST THE SCHOOL!!!!!! SUE THEM!!!!!! And for those other parents that joined to ostracize this family, i pray to God that your own day is not coming. I really hope and pray. Christland school you are LUCKY!!!!! Lucky you did this to the children of docile parents. God save una. Let this be a warning to all parents. STAY AWAY FROM CHRISLAND SCHOOLS!!!!!! THEY WILL ABUSE YOUR CHILDREN !! Your childs life is worth more tha whatever subpar bs they have going on there.

  10. Missappleberry

    March 23, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    This hurt my feelings so bad! I don’t even know how to react. Chei! ?

  11. Joy

    March 23, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Hmnnnn. This life. Evil behaviour does not recognize area. VGC. That is where my old phone got stolen also.

  12. Iou

    March 23, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Dear mother, I want to say I am very proud of you for defying whatever people may have told you May be the shame and standing up for your daughter. I was listening to message the other day and the preacher said many Nigerian mums cover this up even when they discover . Thank you so much for your courage in doing this. When your daughter is old enough she will thank you for this. There is a road to recovery , don’t worry God will see you and your family through. God will glorify your daughter. I am so sorry this happened but please be strengthened.
    One lady thing: I hope that when you are done with the monster you will also sue the school for negligence

  13. Marvel

    March 23, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I am not surprised at Chrisland’s Management’s behaviour. You’d be amazed how ignorant some of the teachers, administrators and carers at our so called ‘private’ schools are. The Judiciary and Police are to blame really. Why do we not have a database that profiles all rapists, child abusers including parents who physically abuse and injure children? Surely, they should not be able to work with children. All schools should endeavour to check the history of teachers before employment. Does the Nigerian Police offer such a service.
    Long ago, in the UK, I had access to check the background of a potential partner, now hubby as I had a son and wanted to check if he had a criminal record or was on the child sex offenders register. One can only do so much but at least the service was provided with nonsensical judgment. The Police provided the service and I was informed through an article.
    The saying about prevention being better than cure much applies. I am proud of Child X’s mother’s actions.

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  14. Marvel

    March 23, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Without nonsensical judgment. My apologies

  15. kkay

    March 23, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Whaaatttt!!! That monster should be castrated! Same for all rapists and all molesters!

    Pastor indeed! So many fake pastors all over Nigeria – ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing!

    God will heal this heartbroken mother and her daughter. I salute and thank you for your courage in seeking justice.
    I support that you sue CHRISLAND SCHOOLS for gross negligence, cover up and daring to ostracize you!

  16. kkay

    March 23, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    Mr. Paedophile Adenekan you are a pastor (fake!) and have not read this scripture:
    Mark 9:42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

  17. tunmi

    March 24, 2018 at 4:58 am

    Am I reading this incorrectly or could she not identify the suspect who was in the courtroom?

    • Solange

      March 24, 2018 at 8:50 am

      No you did not read incorrectly.
      It’s possible that in 2 years he might have gained or lost weight, changed haircut or looked haggard, worried, unkempt, different sitting in the court etc.
      She identified him from his photograph which probably is the one in the school books.
      I am sure t child is not th only one abused. We need more parents to come out.

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  18. Tayo

    March 25, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Just reading this alone is traumatizing! Lord have mercy! We must save our children and all these evils must be exposed.

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