A Lagos school principal is currently on trial for allegedly defiling 17-year-old twin sisters between 2015 and 2016, before impregnating one of the girls.
Samson Adeyemo, who was the principal of the school located in Beckley Estate, Abule Egba, allegedly began having sexual intercourse with the girls when they were in SS1.
A doctor at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, Alabi Oyedeji, on Monday, told Justice Sherifat Solebo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court that the sisters confirmed to him that their principal had sexual relationships with them from 2015-2016.
Adeyemo, 30, was alleged to have lured the twins to his office on separate occasions and had sexual intercourse with them until one of them got pregnant.
Dr Oyedeji, a consultant at Mirabel Centre, LASUTH, who was led in evidence by the State prosecutor, M. S. Oshodi, said,
“The principal, on several occasion, had sexual intercourse with the twins and one of them tagged, ‘Victim X’ became pregnant. Their mother got to know about it, during an attempt to terminate the pregnancy.
“It was in the process of terminating the pregnancy that Victim X found out that the same principal was equally having an affair with her twin sister, tagged Victim Y.
” This was what Victim X verbally told me. However, during the general observation of the victims, I discovered that they were both clinically stable.”
Dr Oyedeji told the court that further examination of the twins showed that other structures of body like the urethra was normal. But the vagina entrance had tags of hymen that was fragmented.
” The tags of hymen found at the vagina entry proper suggests a repeated forceful penetration into their vagina. I also took blood and urine samples of the victims, including appropriate screening test,” he said.
One of the twin sisters, (Victim X), had testified in court that the school principal kept a camp bed inside his office which he used whenever he wants to have sex with her.
Victim X told the court that she aborted the pregnancy through the help of her mother, who took her to a nurse.
” I was still in SS1 when the incident happened. On that day, I was in my classroom when the principal entered and asked if my class teacher was around. I said no. He then ordered me to follow him to his office,” The Nation quoted victim X as saying.
“When we got to his office, he started calling me sweet names before removing my school uniform. He thereafter had sexual intercourse with me and instructed me not to tell anyone.
“He continued having sex with me over a long period of time until I became pregnant.
“I didn’t even know that I was pregnant until one of our neighbours noticed some changes in my body and informed my mother.
“When my mother confronted me and slapped me several times, I told her that the principal has been having sex with me inside his office.
“My mum immediately called the principal and asked him, and he admitted impregnating me. He then told my mother that we should keep the baby but my mother refused.
“The principal begged my mother not to abort the pregnancy but she refused and took me to a nurse to remove it. My mother told him that she cannot allow me carry a baby, at a tender age”.
She said it was the defendant that made money available for the abortion.
“As a result of the abortion, my parents withdrew me from the school and enrolled me at the defendant’s father’s school, where I wrote my WAEC exams,” Victim X said.
Justice Solebo has adjourned the matter till November 18, 2019.
Man, 45, bags 15-year jail term for raping his tenant’s niece
An Igbosere High Court in Lagos, on Monday, sentenced an ex-staff of an oil company, James Onuoha, to 15 years at the correctional centre for raping his tenant’s 14-year-old niece.
Justice Adedayo Akintoye sentenced Onuoha, 42, and an engineer, without an option of fine.
On Jan. 14, the court had adjourned the case until March 25, for judgment, after the parties adopted their final written addresses.
But judgement could not be pronounced due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, which led to the lockdown of almost all sectors of the economy in March, including the Judiciary.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, the Lagos State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sunmonu, and the defence counsel, Dr Victor Olowonla, announced their appearance.
Before the verdict was handed down, Olowonla, in his allocutions, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as Onuoha was a first-time offender.
“My lord, he is a first-time offender; he is a family man with wife and children, and also the breadwinner of his family.
“He has lost his job since this case came up; going by the circumstances of this case, I urge my lord to temper justice with mercy,” he said.
Onouah, who was charged to court by the Lagos State Government, was first arraigned in January 2016 at the Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on defilement.
Onuoha was remanded in Kirikiri correctional centre pending legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Following his indictment by the DPP, the case was transferred to the high court for trial.
The state government accused Onuoha of committing the alleged offences on Jan. 4, 2016, at No.25, Samuel Amoore Street, Idowu Estate, Ike-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos.
The prosecution said the defendant willfully had an unlawful sexual act with the teenager.
He said the offences contravened Sections 137 and 258 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Onuoha, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, hence the prosecution opened its case and called witnesses, including the victim.
After the prosecution closed its case, Onuoha opened his defence, narrating to the court how he visited his house at the above address to ask for rent from his tenant who was not at home at the time of his visit.
Onuoha said the victim was the only person at home, adding that he entered the apartment to inspect it and thereafter gave the victim N1, 000 as Christmas gift.
Security guard confesses to rape of nine-year-old in Abuja
An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, FCT, on Monday, ordered that a security man, Gideon Sunday who allegedly defiled a nine-year-old girl be remanded in police custody.
Sunday was arraigned on a one-count charge of abuse of a minor.
The Judge, Sani Umar granted the application made by the prosecuting counsel, Akaso Sunday not to grant bail to the defendant.
Umar ordered that the defendant be remanded under police custody for one week.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel Sunday told the court that on May 12, 2020, one Grace Abitayo reported the case at the police station.
He said that the defendant on May 6, 2020, took the girl to his room and had carnal knowledge of her.
He added that during police investigation the defendant confessed to have committed the offence.
He prayed the court not to grant bail to the defendant, saying that the offence was not bailable.
He said that if granted bail the defendant would jump bail and would also jeopardise the ongoing investigation, adding that the court should refuse him bail.
The offence, he said, contravened the provision of sections 275 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty, NAN reports.
Group asks court to compel DSS, IGP to investigate Omo-Agege
The Incorporated Trustees of Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative on Monday, asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to compel the Director-General, Department of State Services, (DSS), and the Inspector- General of Police to investigate the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.
The group wants the security agencies to investigate Omo-Agege over his alleged conviction in the United States in November 1995.
A motion ex parte filed by the group further prayed the court to order Omo-Agege to step down from office as deputy senate president pending the completion of the investigation.
Counsel to the group, Mr. Edward Omaga said his client asked the deputy senate president to step down to allow for transparent and fair investigation and to also prevent him from interfering with the investigation.
The group also prayed the court to declare that refusal of the DSS and the IGP to investigate Omo-Agege would be deemed unjustifiable, wrongful, and tantamount to dereliction of duties under the relevant laws that established them.
According to Omaga, in the affidavit attached to the motion exparte, until the DSS and the IGP are compelled by an order of the court, they will continue to refuse to investigate Omo-Agege.
The plaintiff said in the suit that it was convinced that any action or inaction of persons occupying elective and appointive positions would have a direct impact on the overwhelming unemployed youths in the country.
No date has however been fixed for hearing in the suit.
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