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Appeal Court Upholds 60-year Sentence On Ex Chrisland School Staff

Adegboyega Adenekan was convicted of defiling a pupil of the school who was only 2 years and 11 months old at the time.

Chrisland School Staff

A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos on Monday, July 27, upheld the 60-year sentence for Adegboyega Adenekan, a former Supervisor of the Chrisland School convicted of defiling a pupil of the school who was only 2 years and 11 months old at the time.

Delivering judgment in the appeal, the three-member panel led by Justice Lawal Garuba unanimously affirmed the judgment of the lower court and held that the appeal filed by Adenekan lacked merit.

The other justices on the panel, Justice Gabriel Kolawole and Justice Bilkisu Aliyu also agreed with the lead judgment. Announcing the Appeal Court’s ruling, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) tweeted: “The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and affirmed the Judgement of the lower Court (Sexual Offences Court Nwaka J.) in the case of Adegboyega Adenekan (Chrisland School Supervisor) today the 27th day of July, 2020. #JusticeforSurvivours.”

Chrisland School Staff

On Oct 24, 2019, a Special Court convicted Adenekan, 47, on one count of defilement. He defiled a pupil who attended Chrisland School, VGC. The convict committed the offence sometime in November 2016.

The victim, in her evidence before the court, said Mr Adenekan put his mouth and his hand in her wee-wee (private parts). She also said that the supervisor put his mouth in the private parts of her best friend (name withheld).

However, the little girl testified on March 22, 2018 after she clocked four years old. She said Adenekan covered her mouth when she attempted to shout.

To clarify, she revealed he defiled her twice on the school premises, in his office and in the hallway.

“Afterwards, he put his mouth in my wee-wee. The first time he did that, he took me out of the class. The second time, I ran.

“But I tried to report to my teacher but my teacher did not believe me, so I reported to my mummy. The first time he did it was in his office, which was the toilet. The second time he did it was in the hall which was outside. I did not like what he did. He put his hand in my wee-wee. He put his wee-wee in my wee-wee and he put his mouth in my wee-wee,” the pupil said.

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