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14 Jul 2017

Teachers arraigned for raping seven schoolgirls in Lagos

Two teachers of Nazareth Junior and Senior College, Ibawon, Epe, Lagos State, who allegedly defiled seven pupils of the school, were on Friday charged before Ogba Magistrates’ Court, Ikeja, Lagos.

Oke Mustapha, 38, and Yisau Musibau, 39, were arraigned before Mrs. M.B. Olajide on two- count charge of sexual assault, recklessness and negligent acts.

According to the police, the victims were between 15 and 17 years old.

The teachers were charged alongside a trado-medical nurse, Abimbola Adesanni, 42, who was accused of administering a “dangerous drug” on a female student (name withheld).

The student was allegedly impregnated by one of the teachers.

Prosecuting police officer, Sgt. Rachael Donny, told the court that Mustapha, Musibau and others at large, committed the alleged offences between 2014 and 2016 at Ibowon.

She alleged that they secretly subjected the girls to serial sexual harassment for two years.

Donny said they conspired “to commit felony to wit: sexual assault by penetration, reckless and negligent acts.

The offences, she added, were punishable under Section 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2015.

The Principal State Counsel, Lagos State Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Jamiu Alapo, watched brief for the complainants.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In a bench ruling, Magistrate Olajide granted the bail application filed by the defence counsel, Bright Idahosa.

She admitted each defendant to bail in the sum of N1million with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties’ statements of accounts and residential addresses, the magistrate added, should be verified.

They must also present evidence of three years’ tax clearance.

The matter was adjourned till September 18.

However, following the defendants’ failure to meet the bail conditions, they were remanded in Kirikiri prison

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