A 46-year-old teacher, Adenekan Adegboyega, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl [names withheld].
The supervising teacher in one of the popular and privately –run schools in Lagos State was alleged to have raped the little girl under the guise of teaching her sex education.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the arrest to journalists on Wednesday, said the suspect was later arrested following a complaint lodged by the victim’s family at the Ikeja Police Division.
He said that preliminary investigation revealed that the teacher allegedly raped the girl, stressing that the suspect would be charge to court soon.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the briefing, the suspect said that he got a phone call from the pupil’s mother accusing him of raping her daughter.
The suspect said he wondered where and when he committed such a crime, denying ever doing such with the baby girl.
“The mother of the pupil told me that she wanted what transpired between me and her daughter to end.
“She said she did not want any other person to hear about the incident, that even the girl’s father was not aware.
“When the mother of the pupil dropped her call, I was disturbed in my spirit and asked myself where the devil was coming from.
“Few minutes later, she sent a text message to me, telling me to remain firm with her daughter, because her daughter respected me like her father,” he said.
The teacher, who claimed to be a pastor in a Pentecostal church, denied doing such a thing with the minor.
“Before God almighty, I know nothing about the allegation levelled against me by the mother of the minor.
“ I want to implore the Nigerian Police to do a thorough investigation.
“I am ready to surrender myself, but I know the God almighty that I serve will vindicate me because this is a serious challenge for me.
“The allegation that I was teaching the girl sex education is not true, because I had never taught in the school. I only supervise and walk round to make sure everything went well,” he said.
The mother of the abused girl, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the daughter told her that someone put his ‘Wiwi’ (penis) into her `wiwi’ (private part).
“I asked her who the person was; my daughter then mentioned Mr. Adenekan’s name saying he did it inside his office toilet.
“Truly, she is two years old but she could describe things vividly.”
“After my daughter explained everything to me, I got the teacher’s phone number from the school and called him.
“Initially, I did not want the issue to go out because of the stigma it would bring against my daughter in the school.
“Thereafter, I confronted the teacher not to threaten my daughter again and it was then he said I could go to anywhere to report.
“He said nobody would believe me, that even if I told the management of the school, they would not believe me,” she said.
The girl’s mother further said that Mr. Adenekan had no reason to be at the nursery section of the school, because he only supervises the primary section.
“When I took my daughter to Mirabel Centre in Ikeja, it was revealed that she had been abused.”