The defendant is on trial for sexual assault before Justice A.O. Soladoye of Ikeja, Lagos State’s Special Offences Court. The Islamic school teacher claimed he had an argument with one Awawu, who later accused him of sexually assaulting a youngster.
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He said, “Awawu came to the school with the children of her neighbours. Later, the children started coming with their mothers. They were all learning in January 2020. In the first week of February, Awawu brought Zarawu to me to flog, saying she had been misbehaving and lied a lot, adding that whenever she was given tasks to do, including homework, she would refuse to do them and also avoided praying.”
He said the woman rejected the explanation he gave.
“She said I lied. So, I asked her why she accused me of lying. While the mothers and other children were seated, Awawu accused me of flogging Zarawu and also fingering her private parts,” he added.Jamb Result
During cross-examination, the prosecuting counsel, Olusola Soneye, asked the defendant what his response was “when nine children told the police that you sexually assaulted them.”
He also presented a statement allegedly made to the police by the defendant, who argued that he never signed it.