Lagos State Police Command has been arrested a supervisor at a private school, Mr. Adegboyega Adenekan, for allegedly molesting a two-year-old pupil. The 46-year-old suspect was alleged to have lured the girl under the pretext of taking her through sex education in the school.
The incident was reportedly discovered by the mother while she was with her in the toilet. She then informed the police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The victim’s mother, who did not want to be identified, said, “On November 10, I took my daughter to the toilet. And as I normally do, I warned her not to let anybody touch her ‘wee, wee’ (private parts). Then she said, ‘he put his wee wee in my wee wee.’ I asked who? She said Mr. Adenekan. She is two years old, but she can describe everything graphically. As a mother, I wanted to cover it up. I went to the class teacher and asked her whether my daughter discussed anything with her and she said no.
“I got the suspect’s phone number. I called and told him three things – ‘Do not abuse my daughter again; do not threaten my daughter again; and for the psychological balance of my daughter, when you see her, wave at her.’
“He said I should tell anybody if I like and that nobody would believe me because he is a pastor. And truly, when I got to the school on Monday, everybody said it could not have happened. He is a supervisor in the primary school section; he has no reason to be in the nursery section. A cleaner in the school told me that my daughter and the man were close.
“My doctor checked my daughter and confirmed she had been abused. The school’s doctor could not say conclusively that she had been abused. A government hospital, Mirabel Centre, agreed that she had been abused. She told me so many graphic things that he had done to her. I just believe the law will take its course and my daughter will receive justice.”
However, Adenekan, who was paraded at the police command headquarters in Ikeja on Wednesday, denied touching the victim, urging the police to carry out a thorough investigation into the case.
He said, “On Friday, November 11, I got a call around 8pm from the child’s mother. She alleged on the telephone that I sexually abused her daughter. I asked her when and where? She said she wanted it between the two of us. When she dropped (the call), I was disturbed. The following day, the child’s father called me from abroad and also said I assaulted his daughter sexually. I said I didn’t know what he was talking about.
“I have never been alone with this girl; I have never bought any gift for her; I have never taken her out anywhere. So, I was so shocked. I called the head teacher and told her about the allegation by the parents. I know nothing about this allegation. I am calling on the police and other security agencies to do their investigation.
“I don’t know where this is coming from. I know the God that I serve is going to vindicate me. I am married for 15 years and I have my own children. I was disturbed when she said she still wanted me to remain friendly with her daughter. How could I have injured your daughter and you still said I should remain friendly with her?”
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said evidences at police disposal showed the victim had been abused.
She said, “The Commissioner of Police has directed a discreet investigation into the matter. We are going to question the school management on the control it has over its staff.
“We have also done some investigations that we do when it comes to this kind of case. And as young as that toddler is, she is giving us all the graphic description that we need to have. The words of the child against him are weighty.”