A 40-year-old identified as Friday Oshoba better known as MOPOL who works as a security guard at the Adeniyi Primary School, Itire, has been arrested after he allegedly raped an 8-year-old student.
According to reports, Oshoba committed the crime when the Primary 2 pupil (names withheld) was waiting for her elder sister to come take her home after school hours.
Oshoba allegedly lured the minor to a deserted spot within the school premises where he forcefully had carnal knowledge of the young girl.
Unknown to Oshoba, a Primary 5 pupil identified as Bukola who was sent on an errand by a school teacher caught Oshoba in the act and reported him to the teacher.
The victim on getting home also reported the incident to her parents and a formal complaint was lodged the next day when the uncle of the victim followed her to school and reported the matter to the head teacher.
After listening to the victims side of the story, the head teacher of the school reportedly invited policemen who effected Oshoba’s arrest.
Recounting her side of the story in her statement, the victim said; “I was in the school on May 11 at about 2pm when Mopol (Oshoba) called me to a place on the school premises. He removed my underwear and put his thing (manhood) inside my bum-bum. Bukola, who is in primary five, saw us and reported to her teacher. I also told my daddy when I got home.”
But Oshoba vehemently denied the allegations saying he did not know the victims name.
“The girl is one of our pupils in Adeniyi Primary School. I did not know her name, but I know she is in Primary two. I did not do anything with her. I was married, but my wife left me and I don’t have any child.” Oshoba said when he was being questioned by the police.
But tests carried out at the Mirabel Centre, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, showed the victim had bruises on her private part.
“The result of the test conducted on the girl shows that she had bruises and fresh lacerations on her hymen. These suggest that the suspect forcefully penetrated her private parts as she claimed.” A worker at the Centre who pleaded anonymity said.
Following the incident, Oshoba was subsequently brought before an Apapa Magistrate’s Court on a one count charge of rape filed by police prosecutor Francisca Job.
“That you, Friday Oshoba, on May 11, 2016, at about 2pm, at Adeniyi Primary School, Itire, Lagos State, in the Apapa Magisterial District, did defile an eight-year-old girl… thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.” Oshoba’s charge read in court.
Mrs. A.O. Adegbite, admitted Oshoba to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum after he pleaded not guilty to the allegations as the case was later adjourned till the 27th of July 2016.
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