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I only touched her breasts, says teacher who raped pupil inside biology lab

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A 28-year-old teacher, Idowu Daniel, at a private school in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos State has been arrested by the police for allegedly having sex with one of his female pupils.

Daniel, who teaches computer science at Anatasia Comprehensive College, reportedly raped the 17-year-old pupil inside the school’s biology laboratory, an allegation he has denied, but admitted that he attempted having sex with the student and he touched her breast in the process.

It was gathered that Daniel had asked the pupil to bring her computer science note to him at the laboratory for marking.

On getting there, the teacher reportedly made overtures to her and fondled her breasts. She was said to have resisted the advances and left.

The following day, Friday, June 28, 2019, Daniel was said to have sent for the pupil again, asking her to come to the laboratory with her note. He reportedly shut the door and forcefully had sex with her.

Three days after, on a Monday, our correspondent learnt that Daniel called the girl into the laboratory again and told her that she did not do well in computer science and mathematics exams.

He again allegedly demanded sex from her so he could increase her marks in the two papers.

It was learnt that the girl declined the offer and reported the incident to the school principal, leading to Daniel’s arrest by the police at the Isokoko division, Agege, Lagos.

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Narrating the alleged rape to the police, the pupil said Daniel covered her mouth to prevent her from shouting.

She said,

“On Thursday (June 27, 2019), my computer science teacher sent a pupil to me to bring my note to the biology lab. As he was marking the note, he stopped and started pressing my breasts. I told him I didn’t like it and he asked me to go.

“On Friday, he sent another pupil to me that I should bring my note to the lab. When I got there, he stood up and closed the door. I asked him why he locked the door, but he did not say anything. He went back to his seat and started marking my note.”

The teenager said after a while, Daniel stopped marking and asked her to bend down, adding that before she knew what was happening, he grabbed her from the back.

She said, “He covered my mouth and raped me. He then asked me to go. On Monday, he asked me to bring my computer science note again to the chemistry lab.

“He said if I allowed him to have sex with me again, he would increase my marks in both mathematics and computer science exams. He said I did not perform well in his subject. I told him that I was not interested.”

The pupil further said Daniel told her to wait for him in a room where instruments were kept, adding that she vowed to report him to the principal if he continued to disturb her.

“He dared me to report him and I did,” she added.

However, Daniel, in his statement, said he only fondled the pupil’s breasts but did not penetrate her private part.

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He said a pupil, identified only as Samuel, had reported to him that the girl exposed her breasts in the midst of male pupils while they were playing at the back of the school premises.

He stated,

While I was at the principal’s office, showing the principal the reshuffled examination timetable, she came for the marking of her note. I said I was busy and she waited for me outside.  As I was going to the staff room, she walked up to me and presented her book for marking.

“I stopped by at the biology laboratory to mark it and I asked her about what Samuel told me. She initially kept mute. When I said I would report her to her parents, she confirmed that what the boy told me was true.

“I sent for her the next day and she came. I tried to have sex with her but I couldn’t penetrate. I asked her whether she was a virgin and she said yes. I felt for her being a virgin and I stopped. I was at home when policemen came to ask for me. They took me to the school and accused me of rape. I accepted that I touched her breasts, but I didn’t rape her.”

A police prosecutor, ASP Ben Emuerhi, consequently brought Daniel before an Ogba Magistrates’ Court on one count of defilement.

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The charge read,

“That you, Idowu Daniel, on June 27, 2019, at 9.25 am in the Biology lab, at Anatasia Comprehensive College, Abule-Egba, Lagos State, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did unlawfully defile a 17-year-old girl by inserting your penis into her vagina, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.”

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, did not take the defendant’s plea.

The magistrate held that the case file should be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.

She added that the defendant should be remanded in prison custody pending the outcome of the DPP’s advice.

The case was adjourned till October 21, 2019.

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JUST IN: Ritualists arrested over Ibadan killings

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Some suspected ritualists have been arrested by the police for the serial killings in Akinyele area of Ibadan, The Nation has learnt.

The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Mr Fatai Owoseni, disclosed this while addressing a town hall meeting in Akinyele on Wednesday.

The meeting was organized by a private radio station JAMZ 100.1 FM.

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Owoseni said the suspects would soon be paraded by the Oyo State Police Command.

He said:

“Even though there is no town where there is no sin, I can assure you as I speak that the perpetrators of the killings in Akinyele have been apprehended.

“As of yesterday, the criminals have been apprehended and the Commissioner of a Police would possibly hold a press conference today. But I can specifically tell you that the person behind it has taken police to the ritualists and they are now behind the bars.”

Owoseni emphasized the need for residents to be security conscious, stressing that everyone has a role to play in securing communities.

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Five people had been hacked to death in strange situations in the community in the last two months.

They included a 29-year old expectant mother, two undergraduates and a child.

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Detectives search Magu’s house as probe continues

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Detectives on Tuesday searched the personal house of the embattled Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu.

The EFCC boss is under investigation by an Administrative Panel, headed by Justice Isa Ayo Salami, a former president of the Court of Appeal.

He appeared at the panel on Tuesday for the second day.

It was learnt that the detectives combed Magu’s house in Karu on the outskirts of Abuja at about 7 pm.

A source said: “About 10 detectives in four vehicles went to Magu’s personal house in Karu, a clustered suburb of Abuja.

They met some aides and guards. They said they came to search the house but the aides and security guards resisted them.

“When they insisted that they were acting on intelligence, the security guards and aides called Magu’s wife on the telephone and she directed them to allow the detectives access.

“They conducted the search unhindered. They did not find anything in the house. They wrote a report which was countersigned by one of the aides.

“The same team got in touch with Magu’s wife that it would search Magu’s Maitama official quarters. As a family, we have cooperated with the detectives. And as at 9.30m, the family was waiting for the detectives.

“But we believe that the head of the house ought to be around during the search to avoid misrepresentation.”

There were indications on Tuesday that the findings of the Salami Administrative Panel will guide the final decision by President Muhammadu Buhari on Magu’s fate.

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The President engaged the Justice Salami panel to enable him have a broader perspective on the allegations against Magu by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The source said:

“The President is only awaiting Salami panel’s report before taking his decision. He wants to be fair to all parties.

“He does not want any ad hoc approach to the allegations, he has directed the committee to give him a comprehensive report. The anti-corruption agenda is crucial to the administration of President Buhari, he will not want it derailed.

“And the choice of Justice Salami was strategic because he is a man who will dispense justice without fear or favour.”

Another government source said:

“Magu’s matter is still unfolding, it is too early to make any categorical comment. I think we should allow some time.”

For the second day, the EFCC chairman appeared before the Presidential Committee to clarify some of the issues raised against him.

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After Monday’s interaction, Magu was not allowed to go home. He was detained at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).

Magu arrived at the Banquet Wing of the Presidential Villa at about 9 am and left for his detention facility on Tuesday around 8 pm after another round of questioning.

A source said:

I think the scope of the allegations is being expanded. Some issues were raised on Monday on the report of the Presidential Audit Committee; the EFCC Audit Report yet to be signed; and Magu’s relationship with some persons.

“The Acting EFCC chairman also went with his lawyer and he came out of the sitting after 8 pm.

Already, three candidates have been shortlisted should it become necessary to replace Magu. Two of them are Commissioners of Police.

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A source said:

“The three candidates have been profiled by the relevant security agencies. Buhari’s decision on Magu will determine who gets the job.”

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Mother of two stabbed to death by her husband in Jigawa

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A mother of two, Hauwa Sani, has been stabbed to death by her husband of eight years, Abdul Hassan in Jahun Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, the spokesperson for the State Police Command, Abdul Jinjiri, said Hassan stabbed Hauwa eight times with a knife which led to her death on July 3.

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According to Jinjiri, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect acted based on the influence of drugs as he has been addicted to substance abuse for a long time.

Jinjiri said Hassan fled the scene after committing the crime but was later arrested and will be arraigned in court soon.

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