A police sergeant, Raheemi Idowu, on Wednesday narrated before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court how a 27-year-old female teacher allegedly defiled her four-year-old pupil.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the teacher, Violet Emu, who resides on Ogbene Chike Street, Isashi, Lagos, is facing a charge of sexual assault to a child, contrary to Section 261 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The police alleged that the defendant committed the offence while teaching in a school in Isashi.
Led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Mr Abiodun Alagbe, the sergeant attached to the Gender Unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, said that the police obtained a voluntary statement from the defendant during an investigation.
“On June 13, 2016, the defendant was transferred to my office with the case file from Isashi Police Station, Okokomaiko, Lagos.
“As soon as the case was transferred to me, a voluntary statement was recorded from the victim.
“The defendant was the class teacher of the victim; Emu defiled the minor after she returned from the toilet to defecate.
“The defendant gave her tissue to clean her anus.
“When the victim came back to the class, the defendant told her to open her legs, that she wants to see her anus.
“According to the victim, she refused but her aunty (the defendant) opened her legs by force and put her fingers into her vagina.
“When the victim got home, she did not tell anybody, but her mother discovered what happened when she saw a blood stain in her pant,’’ the prosecutor said.
Idowu said that she visited the school during the investigation to make enquiries about the alleged assault from other teachers.
“I believe the victim knows what happened to her.
“I spoke to some teachers in the school and they told me they did not know anything about it,’’ the witness said.
While being cross-examined by defence counsel, Mrs S. C. Omobaba, Idowu said that during her investigation, she did not read Emu’s statement obtained at the Isashi Police Station.
She, however, said that the victim told her that she was told by the defendant not to tell anyone about the alleged defilement.
“The victim told me that her aunty said she should not tell anybody; if she does, she will be beaten,’’ Idowu said.
Justice Sybil Nwaka adjourned the case until May 14 for continuation of trial.